Friday, January 8, 2010

Treament at 1Malaysia Clinic for over RM1

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak opened a 1Malaysia Clinic yesterday. 50 such clinics which are subsidized by government will open in the following week. Malaysians can begin getting “medical treatment” for common illnesses for only RM1 at these clinics from today. Family Health Development director Dr Safurah Jaafar, who coordinated the set-up of the clinics in two months, said an assistant medical officer, a staff nurse and an assistant health officer with at least five years’ experience would staff each clinic. “Doctors from the nearest clinic or hospital will also make a visit once a week to audit, evaluate and ensure the clinics are maintained well,” she said. (Source:
From Wikipedia: “A clinic (or an outpatient clinic) is a small private or public health facility that is devoted to the care of outpatients… General practice clinics are run by one or several general practitioners or practice managers.”
From The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: “Clinic means hospital”
Basically, it says a clinic must have a doctor. However, the 1Malaysia Clinic has no doctor.
Would you dare to make your child to take medicine given at 1Malaysia Clinic for over RM1? I wouldn’t.


Koo S P said...

I would like to see MMA walk the talk with their members volunteering their time by joining the 1Malaysia clinics without any invitation. They criticise the 1Malaysia clinics but I don't see the doctors running any free clinics for the poor either.

YB, I agree that as I have the money, maybe I won't visit the 1Malaysia clinics. But as a saying goes: I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. What about the poor & needy who has no choice?

Thus, it's just a simple straightforward case of 'better than nothing'?

yourhumblemedicstudent said...

I strongly agree with what Koo SP said. I'm sure people would be able to judge for themselves the quality that they can expect from a RM 1 treatment.

But for those with no choice, RM 1 treatment may be better than no treatment at all.

Hence, I find that the effort in itself ought to be applaudable already. As for the quality, perhaps it can be improved upon with time. As Koo suggested, these clinics can be platforms for passionate doctors to contribute more to society.

It may not be the best or most effective form of healthcare, granted, but it's better than nothing; for those who really need it at least.