Healthcare Reforms

The Malaysian healthcare system is experiencing an unprecedented disruption. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, The different components of public and private healthcare are forced to relook at how the institutions are set up, the coverage of services, how healthcare is financed, and care is delivered.

Reform of existing policies is needed to ensure that the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and societies are safeguarded.

The stakes have never been higher.

BUDGET 2022 – Health: Could Have Been Better

More than ever before we need to protect the public healthcare system.

BUDGET 2022 – 5 Recommendations: We Cannot Afford To Pass The Buck On NCDs

.

Malaysia Must Seize Opportunities in Biopharma Investment

With the right IP environment, the potential and opportunities for Malaysia, especially in the life sciences are huge.

12th Malaysia Plan: The Government Needs To Review Its Strategies On Health

Unless the government reviews the health section of the 12MP, this could be a lost opportunity to rebuild, reform and transform our health system.

Myths and Barriers of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Our Community

Parents, educators, and policymakers should support the effective implementation of comprehensive sexual education in Malaysian schools.

YB Khairy Jamaluddin As Minister Of Health

It is going to take courageous and decisive leadership and sustained commitment to deal with both COVID-19 and non-COVID issues.

PSC On Health, Science and Innovation Proceedings Must Be Live-Streamed

It is time that the Malaysian Parliament also implements reforms which will bring it to the level of other democratic institutions worldwide.

Hari Raya Aidiladha: Our Behaviour Not Roadblocks Will Decide The Future

Celebrating Hari Raya Aidiladha is not more important than keeping yourself and your family safe from COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Gaps Highlight Need for Child Protection Policies To Safeguard Children

It is necessary that organisations and individuals are bound and held accountable to codes of conduct or child protection policies.

Police Investigating Call To Protect MySejahtera Data From Abuse

We should be unafraid to hold authorities to the highest standards and integrity.

Public Health Concern: Immigration Raids During MCO 3.0

It will threaten the Government’s hard work to urgently vaccinate the population and achieve herd immunity

Utilise Pharmacists And GPs To Strengthen COVID-19 Vaccination Effort

Every delayed vaccination will cost lives.

Govt’s Humanitarian Strategy To Include Foreigners For Vaccination Is Sound

We will not be able to reach the objective of herd immunity, if we are selective in who we vaccinate.

Condos, Apartments Demanding Tests & Barring Entry To Residents Are Wrong

Rather than defend the practice, the National Security Council should make it clear that it is not acceptable.

Learning From AIDS To Deal With COVID-19 Stigma

We should treat the individuals and communities affected by COVID-19 how we would wish ourselves to be treated, with empathy and compassion.

A General Election During COVID-19: A Life And Death Decision

We are amidst an unprecendented epidemic, a public health emergency. We should not treat this as business as usual.

Statement: COVID-19 Is Dangerous, Not Vaccines

Fire-fighting constant misinformation and doubt distracts from the work that lies ahead.

Child Protection Policy and Tobacco Free Funding Policy

Both of these Policies are important in ensuring that the Galen Centre’s work while guided by the framework of human rights, also responds to and addresses key issues and concerns which challenge the work of similar organisations around the world.

Malaysia’s Current Vaccine Procurement Strategy Is Late But Sound

We begin 2021, with 3 vaccines poised for rollout throughout the year to benefit and protect at least 40 percent of the population.

Misinformation Increases Vaccine Hesitancy And Causes Harm

Vaccine hesitancy will result in people being unprotected and left behind.

Immunisation Safety Is A Long-Term Priority

Proving that the vaccine works to regulators, along with short-term safety data, is the first hurdle.

Vaccine Announcement Gives Malaysia Headstart But Hurdles Are Significant

This is a marathon and this is only at the first leg of the race.

Budget 2021: Public health under intense scrutiny

The RM 3 billion allocation announced for the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be found in the Budget 2021

Practical Guidelines For Trans-Specific Primary Health Care In Malaysia

Most transgender persons do not consult or seek guidance from medical professionals due to the fear of stigma and discrimination.

There Are No Shortcuts In Dealing With COVID-19

Arguably, a CMCO at this point of time, could even increase people’s vulnerability to infection as they become more desperate, take more risks and are less able to afford to take precautions.

Joining COVAX: Why And How Much Will It Cost Malaysia

With shrinking national budgets, increasing deficits, demands for welfare assistance, and economies which are struggling to recover from month long lock-downs and harsh restrictive measures, investing in the unknown is a difficult decision to make.

Why Has Malaysia Decided To Opt-Out Of The COVAX Initiative?

The best chance of success for any country is to participate in an endeavour which diversifies and broadens access to a broad portfolio of possible vaccine candidates.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker’s proposal to establish Parliamentary Select Committee on health welcomed

A select committee is much needed to provide rigorous oversight to the actions, policies, and governance of the Ministry of Health, particularly since it is the budget holder, regulator and healthcare provider.

Why Increased Penalties And Fines Under The PCIDA Should Not Be Supported

Proposals should not come from an angry or frustrated place, and must be evidence-based.

Are We Ready For Fill-Finish Human Vaccine Operations?

Developing the capacity to rapidly fill vaccine vials and finish packaging vaccines for manufacturers in a public health emergency, is an issue of national security.

HSA Women’s Ward Fire: One Too Many

Urgent reforms are needed in the area of fire safety.

LPPKN Chair Appointment Should Be Treated Seriously

Member of Parliament for Parit, Mohd Nizar Zakaria has a serious job and big shoes to fill.

To Tackle COVID-19, Keep Trade Free And Support Innovation, Says International Think Tank Coalition

The united declaration calls for a range of measures to safeguard supplies of essential medical goods and support innovation for future Covid-19 treatments and cures.

Pandemic Exposes Gap In Rural Resilience And Preparedness

The pandemic has exposed rural communities living on the edge, where persistent inequality acts as a multiplier to social and economic disruption.

There Is Space For Human Rights And Dignity Amidst Covid-19

Let us be kind to each other.

More Is Needed To Support Primary Care Frontlines

In the long-term, the burden on primary care will grow. The quality and specialization of a health workforce for the future starts from policies made now.

Mental health: Defying common perceptions

Lack of accurate knowledge on mental health and strong cultural beliefs leads to the belief that mental health conditions have supernatural causes.

Galen Centre Congratulates Dato’ Sri Dr Adham Baba On His Appointment As Minister of Health

New health challenges such as COVID-19 are inevitable. Our resilience and preparedness to effectively respond depend on sound policies and investments made today.

Why Stammering Is A Mental Health Issue

Those of us who stammer find speaking a challenge and everyday social scenarios difficult to control. This affects our mental state.

New SOCSO Criteria For Dialysis Risks Excluding The Most Vulnerable

With non-communicable diseases increasing significantly each year and cases of people with chronic kidney disease having more than one or more comorbidities such as diabetes, this is an ongoing funding problem that will not go away simply by excluding a group of people.

2019-nCoV outbreak – Contagious fear

Travel bans delay the spread of the virus, but are unable to actually prevent infections.

Social Health Insurance Could Disrupt And Help Rein In Escalating Health Costs

Perhaps with disruption and competition from social health insurance which caps payouts to private healthcare providers at more reasonable and transparent levels, can the escalating healthcare costs be finally brought under control.

Healthcare Autonomy: The Way Forward For Sarawak and Sabah?

More than a third of the population in Sarawak and Sabah continue to live beyond 5km of any kind of health facility and have to travel for hours to seek treatment.

Deregulation Decision Will Change Malaysian Healthcare Landscape

Decision will motivate and help support doctors and dentists, particularly those just starting their own private practice, to provide better value, professionalism and higher quality of care.

Wrong To Imply Healthcare System Too Fragile For Reforms

It is wrong to imply that our healthcare system is too fragile and cannot survive without depending on one single company such as Pharmaniaga taking such a dominating role.

Budget 2020: Thumbs Up On Vaccine, Dealing With mySalam & Peka B40 Gaps

Ensuring that no one is left behind.

BUDGET 2020 – Incentivize Preventive Health And Close Gaps

Health prevention should involve a multi-ministerial approach.

Rania’s Appointment Example Of Country’s Successful HIV Strategy

“Stigma and discrimination continues to be a stumbling block in Malaysia’s response to the disease.” – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Drug Price Controls In Malaysia: Implications and Considerations (No. 5, June 2019)

There is no one-size-fits-all approach or quick fix to achieving an optimal balance between paying the costs of providing high quality healthcare and ensuring equitable, accessible and affordable treatment for all.

The Government Should Reconsider Drug Price Controls

There is no one-size-fits-all approach or quick fix.

Plan needs more specificity and depth for mental health reform

We need to better understand the origins of poor mental health in Malaysia which will include social, economic, workplace, and environmental stressors; and social determinants to health such as poor health literacy and poverty.

Galen Centre: PH Government Scores C+ For Health

The overall grade given of C+ reflects a work in progress.

Is A Quarter Of A Century’s Worth Of Concession Deals Enough?

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzukefly Ahmad has repeatedly emphasised his vision of value-for-money treatment and commitment to reforms which ensure better transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness in health.

Default male: gender disparity in data

“In Malaysia, this has resulted in such surveys capturing approximately 75 percent of men’s economic activities but no more than 30 percent of women’s activities on an international level. This is not reflective of the total labour women do and risk overlooking their impact and contributions to society.”

mySalam exclusion of pre-existing conditions is an own goal

“There are several problems with MySalam’s existing framework as we know it, but what is of particular concern, is the exclusion of pre-existing conditions.”

Female Circumcision Is Wrong

The primary reasons for female circumcision were cited as it being a religious obligation, personal hygiene, cultural practice and to control the girl’s sexual desire.

mySalam Plugs Protection Gap But Consultation Is Necessary

There are a number of concerns raised related to mySalam which needs to be addressed to provide assurance to those signing up for the insurance scheme.

Anti-Vaxxers Are Wrong, Vaccines Prevent Diseases And Saves Lives

The science and evidence are clear. Vaccines prevent disease. Vaccination saves lives.

Policy Reforms Needed To Close Gaps In Mental Health

Most SOPs, emphasize on using physical, even brutal or harsh measures, of handling mentally ill people, such as the usage of straitjackets by the police.

Improving Mental Health In Malaysia: Recommendations for Policymakers (No. 4, Jan 2019)

This policy brief highlights patient-centric opportunities to improve the response to mental health issues.

Fear Is A Potent Barrier To Healthcare

Transgender people and other marginalised communities should not have to fear accessing healthcare and should be able to feel confident and safe while doing so.

On Mandatory Premarital HIV Testing

Whether you are Muslim or non-Muslim, you should know your own status. This should be the gold standard.

Budget 2019: Positive First Steps Towards Transforming Malaysian Healthcare But Falls Short In Sustainable Financing

It is unfortunate that there was no announcement of the development of a long-term solution to healthcare financing such as a social health insurance scheme for all.

Increase Wages, Not Retirement Age

Higher salaries and wages are better catalysts in ensuring improved household savings and financial resilience, hence enabling sufficient contributions for retirement.

Public Health #9: Young And Pregnant

Comprehensive sex education is long overdue.

Public Caning Is Traumatic And Detrimental To Mental Health

Public caning has long-term, devastating consequences to a person’s mental health and self-esteem.

Public Health #8: Allied Health

How allied health professionals are looking to strengthen their role in public health

Improve Public Health Service Delivery To Address Hepatitis C Within At-risk Populations

Only one in 10 Malaysians who carry the Hepatitis C virus has been diagnosed and know their status.

Switch To SST Will Leave Aging Population Vulnerable

By 2030, it is estimated that 15 percent of the Malaysian population will be classified as senior citizens above the age of 60.

Support PSM’s Proposal For Direct Income Transfers

Crediting RM100 into a woman’s bank account directly each month is an act of encouraging autonomy and empowerment amongst B40 women.

Competition Improves Drug Access And Affordability

What needs to urgently improve is the availability, affordability and accessibility of new and improved treatments for diseases such as cancer and rare diseases.

We Cannot Afford A Trust Deficit In The Public Healthcare System

The taskforce in their future deliberations, should consider establishing the office of health procurement ombudsman.

Public Health #6: KPIs for the Health Minister

Setting expectations.

Galen Centre: Six Measures Can Help Improve Healthcare Service Delivery

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.

Why 30 Percent Is A Big Deal In 2018

Women very likely determined the historic outcome which broke Barisan Nasional’s 60 year hold on the government.

Galen Centre congratulates Dr. Dzul on his appointment as Minister of Health

We wish him the best of luck!

Public Health #5: Vote for Health

What will your vote bring?

Manifestos need firm commitment to healthcare reforms

The issue extends beyond just increasing the national budget allocation for healthcare.

The BN And PH GE 14 Pledges On Health

Make up your own mind on who has pledged better for health

Getting Serious About Protecting Healthcare Innovation

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.

Public Health #4: How Will Malaysia Cope With Its Ageing Population?

Let’s not leave the aged population behind.

A Brief Overview Of The Digital Health Landscape In Malaysia (No. 2, April 2018)

Investing in digital solutions could dramatically improve productivity and efficiency, with benefits in both patient outcomes and cost.

Make Our Public Spaces Safe For Women Pedestrians

Malaysia has one of the highest gender step gap out of 46 countries observed, ranking third place in high activity inequality between genders (just below Saudi Arabia and Qatar).

Public Health #2: Palliative Care – How Can We Do Better?

With the right public health approach to palliative care, we can improve the quality of life those who are living longer with chronic non-communicable diseases.

Drop In Malaysia’s IP Ranking Is Reversible

Malaysian progress and achievements in encouraging, cultivating and boosting home-grown innovation are also at risk.

Challenges In Balancing Access To Affordable Medicines And Supporting Health Innovation

We need to discuss how we can move forward, address concerns related to intellectual property protections, and support the government’s agenda of ongoing national healthcare reform.

Public Health #1: What will it take to convince the anti-vaxxers?

The anti-vaccine movement is causing harm.

Criminalising glue sniffing solves nothing

When responding to the children and young people who suffer from inhalant addiction and dependency, let us first do no harm.

Eliminating roadside stalls will bring hardship

“Taking away this convenience and the ease of doing such small scale businesses, deprives a person from a lower income household to improve their financial situation and contribute towards economic stability.”

Dealing with discrimination this World AIDS Day

Now, more than ever, compassion, not hate and discrimination, is absolutely necessary in dealing with the many challenges we face as a society.

Punitive public policies hurt the most vulnerable

“By not considering potential variables that contribute to transgressions or non-compliance, it punishes an already vulnerable community for something that may not have been avoidable, of their fault or ability to control. It is a recipe to drive people to the brink.”

Budget 2018: Bold step towards sustainable health financing but falls short on increased drug allocation

There is cause for concern as an insufficient allocation could result in shortages of essential drugs.

National health insurance scheme in 2018?

A national health insurance scheme could be a game changer to catapult the entirety of Malaysian healthcare into the 21st century, rather than piecemeal, as it is today.

Hepatitis C: Government decision is last resort to save lives

What does success look like?

Take advantage of Gilead Science’s voluntary license to effectively treat Hepatitis C

Going with a government use licence could represent a pyrrhic approach to a long-term problem with possible consequences and complications.

Gilead Science’s decision is a shot in the arm for Malaysia’s Hepatitis C effort

This is a game changer in the fight against Hepatitis C in Malaysia.

Politics of rare diseases

Even diseases have to compete for attention.

Healthcare does not cost RM1

With charges between RM1 and RM5 for outpatient and specialist care respectively, Malaysians are able to access high quality treatment and care at government clinics and hospitals.

New think tank launched: Galen Centre for Health & Social Policy

We will form partnerships with health and social organisations to help transform and bridge the gaps between concept, policy and reality,

Remove religion from public health decisions

“There have been instances in Malaysia where men have refused antenatal treatment for their wives after finding out the gynaecologist or obstetrician is a man on the basis of religion.”

Articles

BUDGET 2022 – Health: Could Have Been Better

More than ever before we need to protect the public healthcare system.

BUDGET 2022 – 5 Recommendations: We Cannot Afford To Pass The Buck On NCDs

.

Malaysia Must Seize Opportunities in Biopharma Investment

With the right IP environment, the potential and opportunities for Malaysia, especially in the life sciences are huge.

12th Malaysia Plan: The Government Needs To Review Its Strategies On Health

Unless the government reviews the health section of the 12MP, this could be a lost opportunity to rebuild, reform and transform our health system.

Myths and Barriers of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Our Community

Parents, educators, and policymakers should support the effective implementation of comprehensive sexual education in Malaysian schools.

YB Khairy Jamaluddin As Minister Of Health

It is going to take courageous and decisive leadership and sustained commitment to deal with both COVID-19 and non-COVID issues.

PSC On Health, Science and Innovation Proceedings Must Be Live-Streamed

It is time that the Malaysian Parliament also implements reforms which will bring it to the level of other democratic institutions worldwide.

Hari Raya Aidiladha: Our Behaviour Not Roadblocks Will Decide The Future

Celebrating Hari Raya Aidiladha is not more important than keeping yourself and your family safe from COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Gaps Highlight Need for Child Protection Policies To Safeguard Children

It is necessary that organisations and individuals are bound and held accountable to codes of conduct or child protection policies.

Police Investigating Call To Protect MySejahtera Data From Abuse

We should be unafraid to hold authorities to the highest standards and integrity.

Public Health Concern: Immigration Raids During MCO 3.0

It will threaten the Government’s hard work to urgently vaccinate the population and achieve herd immunity

Utilise Pharmacists And GPs To Strengthen COVID-19 Vaccination Effort

Every delayed vaccination will cost lives.

Govt’s Humanitarian Strategy To Include Foreigners For Vaccination Is Sound

We will not be able to reach the objective of herd immunity, if we are selective in who we vaccinate.

Condos, Apartments Demanding Tests & Barring Entry To Residents Are Wrong

Rather than defend the practice, the National Security Council should make it clear that it is not acceptable.

Learning From AIDS To Deal With COVID-19 Stigma

We should treat the individuals and communities affected by COVID-19 how we would wish ourselves to be treated, with empathy and compassion.

A General Election During COVID-19: A Life And Death Decision

We are amidst an unprecendented epidemic, a public health emergency. We should not treat this as business as usual.

Statement: COVID-19 Is Dangerous, Not Vaccines

Fire-fighting constant misinformation and doubt distracts from the work that lies ahead.

Child Protection Policy and Tobacco Free Funding Policy

Both of these Policies are important in ensuring that the Galen Centre’s work while guided by the framework of human rights, also responds to and addresses key issues and concerns which challenge the work of similar organisations around the world.

Malaysia’s Current Vaccine Procurement Strategy Is Late But Sound

We begin 2021, with 3 vaccines poised for rollout throughout the year to benefit and protect at least 40 percent of the population.

Misinformation Increases Vaccine Hesitancy And Causes Harm

Vaccine hesitancy will result in people being unprotected and left behind.

Immunisation Safety Is A Long-Term Priority

Proving that the vaccine works to regulators, along with short-term safety data, is the first hurdle.

Vaccine Announcement Gives Malaysia Headstart But Hurdles Are Significant

This is a marathon and this is only at the first leg of the race.

Budget 2021: Public health under intense scrutiny

The RM 3 billion allocation announced for the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be found in the Budget 2021

Practical Guidelines For Trans-Specific Primary Health Care In Malaysia

Most transgender persons do not consult or seek guidance from medical professionals due to the fear of stigma and discrimination.

There Are No Shortcuts In Dealing With COVID-19

Arguably, a CMCO at this point of time, could even increase people’s vulnerability to infection as they become more desperate, take more risks and are less able to afford to take precautions.

Joining COVAX: Why And How Much Will It Cost Malaysia

With shrinking national budgets, increasing deficits, demands for welfare assistance, and economies which are struggling to recover from month long lock-downs and harsh restrictive measures, investing in the unknown is a difficult decision to make.

Why Has Malaysia Decided To Opt-Out Of The COVAX Initiative?

The best chance of success for any country is to participate in an endeavour which diversifies and broadens access to a broad portfolio of possible vaccine candidates.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker’s proposal to establish Parliamentary Select Committee on health welcomed

A select committee is much needed to provide rigorous oversight to the actions, policies, and governance of the Ministry of Health, particularly since it is the budget holder, regulator and healthcare provider.

Why Increased Penalties And Fines Under The PCIDA Should Not Be Supported

Proposals should not come from an angry or frustrated place, and must be evidence-based.

Are We Ready For Fill-Finish Human Vaccine Operations?

Developing the capacity to rapidly fill vaccine vials and finish packaging vaccines for manufacturers in a public health emergency, is an issue of national security.

HSA Women’s Ward Fire: One Too Many

Urgent reforms are needed in the area of fire safety.

LPPKN Chair Appointment Should Be Treated Seriously

Member of Parliament for Parit, Mohd Nizar Zakaria has a serious job and big shoes to fill.

To Tackle COVID-19, Keep Trade Free And Support Innovation, Says International Think Tank Coalition

The united declaration calls for a range of measures to safeguard supplies of essential medical goods and support innovation for future Covid-19 treatments and cures.

Pandemic Exposes Gap In Rural Resilience And Preparedness

The pandemic has exposed rural communities living on the edge, where persistent inequality acts as a multiplier to social and economic disruption.

There Is Space For Human Rights And Dignity Amidst Covid-19

Let us be kind to each other.

More Is Needed To Support Primary Care Frontlines

In the long-term, the burden on primary care will grow. The quality and specialization of a health workforce for the future starts from policies made now.

Mental health: Defying common perceptions

Lack of accurate knowledge on mental health and strong cultural beliefs leads to the belief that mental health conditions have supernatural causes.

Galen Centre Congratulates Dato’ Sri Dr Adham Baba On His Appointment As Minister of Health

New health challenges such as COVID-19 are inevitable. Our resilience and preparedness to effectively respond depend on sound policies and investments made today.

Why Stammering Is A Mental Health Issue

Those of us who stammer find speaking a challenge and everyday social scenarios difficult to control. This affects our mental state.

New SOCSO Criteria For Dialysis Risks Excluding The Most Vulnerable

With non-communicable diseases increasing significantly each year and cases of people with chronic kidney disease having more than one or more comorbidities such as diabetes, this is an ongoing funding problem that will not go away simply by excluding a group of people.

2019-nCoV outbreak – Contagious fear

Travel bans delay the spread of the virus, but are unable to actually prevent infections.

Social Health Insurance Could Disrupt And Help Rein In Escalating Health Costs

Perhaps with disruption and competition from social health insurance which caps payouts to private healthcare providers at more reasonable and transparent levels, can the escalating healthcare costs be finally brought under control.

Healthcare Autonomy: The Way Forward For Sarawak and Sabah?

More than a third of the population in Sarawak and Sabah continue to live beyond 5km of any kind of health facility and have to travel for hours to seek treatment.

Deregulation Decision Will Change Malaysian Healthcare Landscape

Decision will motivate and help support doctors and dentists, particularly those just starting their own private practice, to provide better value, professionalism and higher quality of care.

Wrong To Imply Healthcare System Too Fragile For Reforms

It is wrong to imply that our healthcare system is too fragile and cannot survive without depending on one single company such as Pharmaniaga taking such a dominating role.

Budget 2020: Thumbs Up On Vaccine, Dealing With mySalam & Peka B40 Gaps

Ensuring that no one is left behind.

BUDGET 2020 – Incentivize Preventive Health And Close Gaps

Health prevention should involve a multi-ministerial approach.

Rania’s Appointment Example Of Country’s Successful HIV Strategy

“Stigma and discrimination continues to be a stumbling block in Malaysia’s response to the disease.” – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Drug Price Controls In Malaysia: Implications and Considerations (No. 5, June 2019)

There is no one-size-fits-all approach or quick fix to achieving an optimal balance between paying the costs of providing high quality healthcare and ensuring equitable, accessible and affordable treatment for all.

The Government Should Reconsider Drug Price Controls

There is no one-size-fits-all approach or quick fix.

Plan needs more specificity and depth for mental health reform

We need to better understand the origins of poor mental health in Malaysia which will include social, economic, workplace, and environmental stressors; and social determinants to health such as poor health literacy and poverty.

Galen Centre: PH Government Scores C+ For Health

The overall grade given of C+ reflects a work in progress.

Is A Quarter Of A Century’s Worth Of Concession Deals Enough?

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzukefly Ahmad has repeatedly emphasised his vision of value-for-money treatment and commitment to reforms which ensure better transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness in health.

Default male: gender disparity in data

“In Malaysia, this has resulted in such surveys capturing approximately 75 percent of men’s economic activities but no more than 30 percent of women’s activities on an international level. This is not reflective of the total labour women do and risk overlooking their impact and contributions to society.”

mySalam exclusion of pre-existing conditions is an own goal

“There are several problems with MySalam’s existing framework as we know it, but what is of particular concern, is the exclusion of pre-existing conditions.”

Female Circumcision Is Wrong

The primary reasons for female circumcision were cited as it being a religious obligation, personal hygiene, cultural practice and to control the girl’s sexual desire.

mySalam Plugs Protection Gap But Consultation Is Necessary

There are a number of concerns raised related to mySalam which needs to be addressed to provide assurance to those signing up for the insurance scheme.

Anti-Vaxxers Are Wrong, Vaccines Prevent Diseases And Saves Lives

The science and evidence are clear. Vaccines prevent disease. Vaccination saves lives.

Policy Reforms Needed To Close Gaps In Mental Health

Most SOPs, emphasize on using physical, even brutal or harsh measures, of handling mentally ill people, such as the usage of straitjackets by the police.

Improving Mental Health In Malaysia: Recommendations for Policymakers (No. 4, Jan 2019)

This policy brief highlights patient-centric opportunities to improve the response to mental health issues.

Fear Is A Potent Barrier To Healthcare

Transgender people and other marginalised communities should not have to fear accessing healthcare and should be able to feel confident and safe while doing so.

On Mandatory Premarital HIV Testing

Whether you are Muslim or non-Muslim, you should know your own status. This should be the gold standard.

Budget 2019: Positive First Steps Towards Transforming Malaysian Healthcare But Falls Short In Sustainable Financing

It is unfortunate that there was no announcement of the development of a long-term solution to healthcare financing such as a social health insurance scheme for all.

Increase Wages, Not Retirement Age

Higher salaries and wages are better catalysts in ensuring improved household savings and financial resilience, hence enabling sufficient contributions for retirement.

Public Health #9: Young And Pregnant

Comprehensive sex education is long overdue.

Public Caning Is Traumatic And Detrimental To Mental Health

Public caning has long-term, devastating consequences to a person’s mental health and self-esteem.

Public Health #8: Allied Health

How allied health professionals are looking to strengthen their role in public health

Improve Public Health Service Delivery To Address Hepatitis C Within At-risk Populations

Only one in 10 Malaysians who carry the Hepatitis C virus has been diagnosed and know their status.

Switch To SST Will Leave Aging Population Vulnerable

By 2030, it is estimated that 15 percent of the Malaysian population will be classified as senior citizens above the age of 60.

Support PSM’s Proposal For Direct Income Transfers

Crediting RM100 into a woman’s bank account directly each month is an act of encouraging autonomy and empowerment amongst B40 women.

Competition Improves Drug Access And Affordability

What needs to urgently improve is the availability, affordability and accessibility of new and improved treatments for diseases such as cancer and rare diseases.

We Cannot Afford A Trust Deficit In The Public Healthcare System

The taskforce in their future deliberations, should consider establishing the office of health procurement ombudsman.

Public Health #6: KPIs for the Health Minister

Setting expectations.

Galen Centre: Six Measures Can Help Improve Healthcare Service Delivery

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.

Why 30 Percent Is A Big Deal In 2018

Women very likely determined the historic outcome which broke Barisan Nasional’s 60 year hold on the government.

Galen Centre congratulates Dr. Dzul on his appointment as Minister of Health

We wish him the best of luck!

Public Health #5: Vote for Health

What will your vote bring?

Manifestos need firm commitment to healthcare reforms

The issue extends beyond just increasing the national budget allocation for healthcare.

The BN And PH GE 14 Pledges On Health

Make up your own mind on who has pledged better for health

Getting Serious About Protecting Healthcare Innovation

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.

Public Health #4: How Will Malaysia Cope With Its Ageing Population?

Let’s not leave the aged population behind.

A Brief Overview Of The Digital Health Landscape In Malaysia (No. 2, April 2018)

Investing in digital solutions could dramatically improve productivity and efficiency, with benefits in both patient outcomes and cost.

Make Our Public Spaces Safe For Women Pedestrians

Malaysia has one of the highest gender step gap out of 46 countries observed, ranking third place in high activity inequality between genders (just below Saudi Arabia and Qatar).

Public Health #2: Palliative Care – How Can We Do Better?

With the right public health approach to palliative care, we can improve the quality of life those who are living longer with chronic non-communicable diseases.

Drop In Malaysia’s IP Ranking Is Reversible

Malaysian progress and achievements in encouraging, cultivating and boosting home-grown innovation are also at risk.

Challenges In Balancing Access To Affordable Medicines And Supporting Health Innovation

We need to discuss how we can move forward, address concerns related to intellectual property protections, and support the government’s agenda of ongoing national healthcare reform.

Public Health #1: What will it take to convince the anti-vaxxers?

The anti-vaccine movement is causing harm.

Criminalising glue sniffing solves nothing

When responding to the children and young people who suffer from inhalant addiction and dependency, let us first do no harm.

Eliminating roadside stalls will bring hardship

“Taking away this convenience and the ease of doing such small scale businesses, deprives a person from a lower income household to improve their financial situation and contribute towards economic stability.”

Dealing with discrimination this World AIDS Day

Now, more than ever, compassion, not hate and discrimination, is absolutely necessary in dealing with the many challenges we face as a society.

Punitive public policies hurt the most vulnerable

“By not considering potential variables that contribute to transgressions or non-compliance, it punishes an already vulnerable community for something that may not have been avoidable, of their fault or ability to control. It is a recipe to drive people to the brink.”

Budget 2018: Bold step towards sustainable health financing but falls short on increased drug allocation

There is cause for concern as an insufficient allocation could result in shortages of essential drugs.

National health insurance scheme in 2018?

A national health insurance scheme could be a game changer to catapult the entirety of Malaysian healthcare into the 21st century, rather than piecemeal, as it is today.

Hepatitis C: Government decision is last resort to save lives

What does success look like?

Take advantage of Gilead Science’s voluntary license to effectively treat Hepatitis C

Going with a government use licence could represent a pyrrhic approach to a long-term problem with possible consequences and complications.

Gilead Science’s decision is a shot in the arm for Malaysia’s Hepatitis C effort

This is a game changer in the fight against Hepatitis C in Malaysia.

Politics of rare diseases

Even diseases have to compete for attention.

Healthcare does not cost RM1

With charges between RM1 and RM5 for outpatient and specialist care respectively, Malaysians are able to access high quality treatment and care at government clinics and hospitals.

New think tank launched: Galen Centre for Health & Social Policy

We will form partnerships with health and social organisations to help transform and bridge the gaps between concept, policy and reality,

Remove religion from public health decisions

“There have been instances in Malaysia where men have refused antenatal treatment for their wives after finding out the gynaecologist or obstetrician is a man on the basis of religion.”

Press Statements
Publications