Formation of long-term partnerships
Forming a long-term partnership between public and private healthcare providers in Malaysia, building on the successful collaboration between public and private healthcare during the pandemic, will benefit both the government and the industry. private sector, with all Malaysians being the main beneficiaries. .
There are still long waiting lists for procedures in public hospitals, and these can certainly be reduced if there is a structured, long-term arrangement for private hospitals to help reduce the existing load and maintain a short wait time, especially for elective procedures which can greatly improve an individual’s productivity.
Increased focus on an aging society
Increased emphasis on an aging society, including necessary social safety nets, appropriate care facilities, and post-hospitalization care and support. Here, the government should consider partnering with the many physiotherapy and home care organizations to ensure that patients adhere well to post-hospital care, including physiotherapy, wound care and others.
An aging population also means reduced mobility due to various issues, for example, orthopedic issues, which need to be addressed through appropriate intervention and, if necessary, through surgery. Government subsidies for implants, such as knee and hip implants, can reduce the burden on uninsured people (who make up a large majority of those who need such care), ensuring good mobility and good independence even as you age.
Innovation in healthcare
With the advent of robotics, 3D printing and other new technologies, the government should consider encouraging the adoption of these technologies, especially in healthcare. Scholarships or personal grants to access these health technologies, where available, can promote the adoption and even the development of these technologies.
For example, 3D printed casts or prostheses will improve recovery and support long-term quality of life. The regulatory framework must also support faster adoption of these healthcare technologies, to ensure that Malaysia is able to maintain its edge as a healthcare travel destination.
Competitive and facilitative immigration policies
Competitive and facilitative immigration policies will enable Malaysia to serve a greater number of foreign patients, which will reduce the cost of investing in health-related technologies and equipment, thereby allowing more Malaysians to access them as well. .
Some of our neighbors continue to attract patients from a number of different countries, although overall they are less competitive than Malaysia, mainly due to ease of arrival.
Thus, they are able to invest in healthcare technologies such as proton beam, as paying overseas patients ensure that there is sufficient volume for these advanced modalities.
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