This policy brief highlights patient-centric opportunities to improve the response to mental health issues.
Earmarking this revenue, along with that collected from tobacco and alcohol, will help address the current shortfall in funding for NCD prevention programmes.
There has been no move to earmark the revenue collected for the purpose of health, specifically and directly funding non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, control and treatment.
We recommend, as a pilot programme, that the Government earmarks an initial 5 percent from the collected sin tax revenue to strengthen NCD health promotion and treatment, focusing initially on diabetes and cancer.
Do we know what works and what doesn’t?
More than 80 percent of these recommendations came from patients and their caregivers.
The Cancer Care Working Group aims to help influence public policies which improve outcomes, treatment and care of cancer in Malaysia.
In the 2016 edition of the Economist’s War on Cancer, Malaysia is estimated to record a 49% increase in breast cancer cases between 2012 to 2025. This is worrying as Malaysia recorded the lowest rate of five-year survivorship rate as well as the highest rate of mortality and incident rates in the region.
Earmarking this revenue would help address the shortfall in funding for prevention programmes.