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Monday, 20 March 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Rising medical expenditure

KLUANG: The state government is looking at ways to reduce the cost of providing medical care and treatment to Johor civil servants (JSC) as the financial allocation for treatment is rising.

Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said in 2016, the medical expenditure for them was about RM7mil.

He said the money was for the hospitalisation and medical treatment for some 300 employees out of 21,000 JCS in the state suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular.

“We expect the cost to go up to RM8mil and we have to find ways to reduce it but at the same time not compromise on their well-being,’’ said Ayub.

He said this after launching the World Kidney Day 2017 state-level celebration at Hospital Enche’ Hajjah Besar Khalsom here.

Ayub said Johor would look at the modules used by Cuepacs in managing hospitalisation and medical treatment for the Federal civil servants and that it might probably adopt the modules to suit the needs of the JSC.

He said the State Economic Planning Unit, the State Secretary’s Office (Management) and Iskandar Regional Development Authority had been tasked to come up with suggestions on the medical care plan.

“These parties have been given six months from now to start working on the proposals,’’ said Ayub, adding that Johor might also look at Singapore’s MediSave and MediCare schemes.

In an unrelated matter, Johor Health Department director Dr Roshaimi Merican A. Rahim Merican said the department has scheduled inspections on eateries in the state to ensure they practice a high standard of hygiene.

“We also conduct spot checks from time to time with the relevant agencies and will not compromise on cleanliness of the premises,” she said.