KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14): The Ministry of Health (MoH) is targeting a hospital bed ratio of 2.08 bed to 1,000 residents by the end of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the ratio achieved in 2020, which was the end of the 11MP, was 2.01 beds, with the number of beds increasing from 55,952 in 2016 to 65,508 beds in 2020.
“To achieve the set target, the MoH will continue the initiative to raise the number of beds through the construction of new hospitals and upgrading existing hospitals and facilities.
“Focus is given to areas where existing hospitals have high bed occupancy,” he said during Minister’s Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today in reply to a question by S Kesavan (Pakatan Harapan-Sungai Siput) on the government’s target to achieve a higher level in the provision of hospital beds for more comfortable health facilities for the people.
He said among the other factors taken into consideration were population density, access to existing hospital services and the financial allocation of the government.
He said the MoH also took the approach of optimising the number of beds via daily treatment at major hospitals to reduce the need for patient beds and the implementation of hospital cluster programmes.
Meanwhile, Khairy said from the cooperation of the MoH with 76 private hospitals nationwide, 3,974 medical procedures were outsourced to private hospitals as at the end of July for the treatment of non-Covid-19 patients.
“Despite facing Covid-19, the MoH did not stop or reduce its health services for non-Covid-19 patients, especially for emergency and semi-emergency cases.
“The MoH also studied the possibility of providing special non-Covid-19 hospitals to conduct elective surgeries, which have been postponed,” he said in reply to a question on treatment procedures for non-Covid-19 patients currently.
He said for the purpose, the ministry would be seeking allocation from the treasury to ensure postponed cases, especially for non-elective surgeries to be outsourced to private hospitals.
Khairy said the measure was implemented by the MoH to ensure non-Covid-19 patients receive adequate treatment, including extending the operation hours of specialist clinics and operation theatres in certain hospitals after office hours as well as improving the service of virtual clinics.
Apart from that, he said the MoH also optimised the usage of non-specialist hospitals as well as hospitals of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) for certain operation procedures through cluster hospital programmes as well as mobilising MoH specialists and private specialists to hospitals that do not have certain specialist services.
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