As the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia increases day by day, public hospitals which had been running at more than 100% capacity finds it difficult to accommodate more new patients.
Facing this tough situation, some Covid-19 patients may have opt for getting treatment in private hospitals.
However, you’ll need to think twice before making the decision to be admitted to private hospitals as the president of Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM), Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said that patients who opt to go to private hospitals for treatment will have to bear the medical costs themselves, just like patients with other illnesses there.
According to Berita Harian, the current agreement between the government and private hospitals only involves outsourcing non-Covid-19 patients to private hospitals. This arrangement is to allow more bed spaces in public hospitals to be freed for treating Covid-19 patients.
This comes after some patients claims that the treatment cost for Covid-19 in private hospitals are extremely high. Upon admission, patients are required to pay a deposit of RM10,000 to RM50,000, depending on the condition of the patient.
Despite the sky-rocketed medical cost, Dr Kuljit said that the treatment cost is the same as borne by the government in public hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients. The treatment requires expensive equipment and medicines that are outsourced globally.
He emphasized that the private hospitals are not trying to make a profit via the outsourcing agreement.
“The claim that the private hospitals are making huge profits, especially during this pandemic is not true. Profits are there, but small and most of the costs charged are the real value of treatment to patients.” he said.
Nonetheless, he say that there are 38 private health care facilities in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Negeri Sembilan that are ready to accept the 800 non-Covid-19 patients from public hospitals due to the outsourcing agreement.
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