KUALA LUMPUR – The Cabinet has agreed to increase the cost for non-citizens seeking treatment at government hospitals and clinics to 100% in three phases from January next year.
The existing rates imposed on them will be increased by 30% next year, another 30% in 2017 and 40% in 2017.
In announcing this when winding up debate on the Supply Bill 2015 in the Dewan Rakyat for his ministry yesterday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said this meant they will be paying double the charges they are paying now from 2017.
Currently, non-citizens including workers and students enjoy subsidised rates of between 30% and 40%.
Prior to this, the government was reported to be planning to increase the rates for non-citizens.
The new move will help the government to save up to RM100 million annually.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam said the country is facing its worst dengue threat in its history now and needed the cooperation of all quarters, especially the local authorities, to check its spread.
It has been reported that there were 153 fatalities due to dengue from January to October this year compared with 55 fatalities in the same period last year.
The number of dengue cases reported in that period this year was 80,578 compared with only 25,119 cases in the corresponding period last year. â€“ Bernama