PETALING JAYA 12 OCTOBER 2022 – The Health Ministry will obtain RM36.1 billion in Budget 2023, an amount of RM3.7 billion increase above the RM32.4 billion granted in Budget 2022. This is one of the largest increases in ministry funding, according to Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, who tabled Budget 2023 in Parliament on Friday (Oct 7).
The Finance Minister stated that RM4.9 billion had been earmarked to increase healthcare capacity, including the acquisition of medications, reagents, and vaccinations, among other things. This is a 12% increase above the allotment for 2022. He further stated that RM4.9 billion had been earmarked to increase healthcare capacity, including the acquisition of medications, reagents, and vaccinations, among other things. This is a 12% increase above the allotment for 2022. He also highlighted that RM1.8 billion has been set aside for the building of new health clinics, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.
For instance, Hospital Maran in Pahang, five new health clinics, and a women and children’s wing for Hospital Melaka are among the facilities. CT scan services will also be increased, benefiting residents of Sabah and Sarawak in particular. He also stated that RM240 million has been set aside for the renovation of decrepit hospitals and public health clinics, as well as the replacement of outdated equipment.
The government also intends to establish a centre of excellence for mental health, with RM34 million set aside for this purpose. With an RM25 million investment, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Tunku Azizah in Kuala Lumpur will become reference centres for uncommon illnesses.
Tengku Zafrul also stated that a trust account for uncommon illnesses will be established, with contributions receiving a 10% tax exemption. He also mentioned that RM80 million has been set out for the PekaB40 health plan, which includes diabetes screening.
Meanwhile, the MySalaam initiative will get RM734 million in funding and is expected to assist 1.5 million B40 members, which include 500,000 beneficiaries who received compensation because of Covid-19.
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