To ensure the continuity, sustainability and modernisation of the Malaysian healthcare system as we know it, essential but long-delayed reforms have to be undertaken.
What are the changes and reforms needed? What works and what doesn’t? Can we afford them? And most importantly, how will they affect service delivery to the rakyat, particularly to the more vulnerable members of society?
We asked one of the most respected and distinguished health professionals in Malaysia the tough questions.
Tan Sri Dr Haji Mohd Ismail Merican
After graduating from the University of Malaya, Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican went on to pursue his postgraduate education in Internal Medicine in 1980 at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. In 1990, he was awarded the Commonwealth Fellowship Award and returned to London for training in Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital. He is the founder and the current President of the Malaysian Liver Foundation.
His expertise in liver disease is widely acknowledged and his guidance frequently sought after by various international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, United National Development Programme and the World Bank.
Dr Haji Mohd Ismail Merican was the personal physician to the King in 1982, Sultan of Selangor in 1984, 1990 and 1994 and to the Governor of Penang from 1989 until 2002. He has been conferred many academic, civil and honorary awards, including the distinguished award of Tan Sri and was bestowed the ‘Most Outstanding Fellow of the Year’ by the Japanese Council for Medical Training in 1987.
He is still deeply committed to undertaking research work on his area of interest, liver disease. He has, to date, numerous publications in local, regional and international peer-reviewed journals
Mohd Ismail Merican was the Director-General of Health, Malaysia and President of the Malaysian Medical Council from 2005 to 2011. He is currently Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of MAHSA University. In addition he is Senior Consultant Physician and Senior Consultant Hepatologist at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Selayang Hospital, Malaysia.
The Galen Centre Distinguished Speaker Series
The Galen Centre Distinguished Speaker Series, which is being launched on the first year anniversary of the Galen Centre, is aimed at contributing towards the improvement in public discourse, policy decision-making and national narrative regarding health in Malaysia.
The subject matter in these talks is aimed at sparking intellectual debate and stimulating interest on a broad range of subjects linked to healthcare reform. We hope to help stimulate debate and discussion, and contribute towards improving the quality and diversification of participation in healthcare policy-making in Malaysia.
We aim to gain the interest of main stakeholders such as the government, relevant ministries and agencies, healthcare industry actors, patient groups, civil society organisations, and individual influencers.