What needs to urgently improve is the availability, affordability and accessibility of new and improved treatments for diseases such as cancer and rare diseases.
The taskforce in their future deliberations, should consider establishing the office of health procurement ombudsman.
We hope that the Ministry of Health in future measures will also share its plans to address the East Malaysia healthcare gap where there is an urgent need to bridge this urban-rural divide.
We wish him the best of luck!
The issue extends beyond just increasing the national budget allocation for healthcare.
Supporting healthcare innovation helps ensure that there is motivation and incentive into the treatment of less common ailments such as rare diseases. People with these diseases should not be left behind.