ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor Health Department and state government agencies spent RM54.93 million last year on patients undergoing dialysis and heart treatment and the purchase of support equipment.
State Health and Environment Committee Chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said of the amount, Johor Health Department spent RM2.28 million on 416 individuals via the Medical Assistance Fund and RM128,001 on 1,746 individuals via the Medical Welfare Fund.
“The Welfare Department spent RM402,722 on 194 individuals for the purchase of support equipment while Johor Islamic Council (MAIJ) subsidiary, MAIJ Urus Sdn Bhd spends RM3 million annually on 150 kidney patients,” he said when winding up debate in the Johor State Assembly, here Thursday.
MAIJ spent RM41.52 million in aid of 2,977 individuals while the Johor State Secretariat spent RM7.59 million on dialysis, heart treatment and medical equipment for state civil servants and their families.
Ayub said the Johor Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) plans to develop a Medical Health Hub Masterplan to turn Johor into a state that have the skills and technology to provide modern medical services.
The comprehensive masterplan will be supported by Iskandar Region Development Authority (Irda) who will appoint consultants for the state government.
“The private sector will provide the statistics and data so that the masterplan can focus on high potential health services to generate the economy.
“They will benefit from the promotion, the increase in the number of customers and the medical specialists serving the hospitals,” he added.