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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:

The government is always committed in ensuring the welfare of patients are taken care of, particularly those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as kidney failure, as apparent in the government’s budget these past years.

Following a visit to the Shah Alam Hospital today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government allocated a huge amount each year for medical aid, which included the cost of purchasing haemodialysis machines at government hospitals.

“I took the opportunity to visit the Haemodialysis Unit at this hospital which serves 78 kidney patients a week with 20 new haemodialysis machines,” Najib said in an update on his official Facebook page tonight.

Patients only had to pay RM13 for each dialysis session at government hospitals. Najib pointed out that this would cost RM200 to RM250 at private hospitals.

“The Barisan Nasional government has been providing quality medical care and treatment at low rates for the rakyat for a long time and will continue to adopt this policy in accordance to the government’s abilities.”

During the visit, Najib was accompanied by Shah Alam Hospital director Dr Hasni Hanapi.

The hospital is expected to be able to receive in-patients from January 2016 and this is expected to reduce the dependency and congestion at other hospitals such as the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.

Meanwhile, Najib said government hospitals did not impose specialist consultation fees and had fixed a low rate for medication and other services.

“Compare this to the service charge imposed by the private sector. The government is concerned and wants to help the rakyat who are in need.”

Another factor Najib raised was that medication at government hospitals was free of charge.

As for child delivery, bed charges at government hospitals range between RM3 and RM80 per night.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the total charges for normal delivery without complications at government hospitals ranged between RM13 and RM390.

“Compare this to private hospitals which would cost at least 11 times more.”

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