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APHM looks forward to helping govt in vaccinating public: THE EDGE MARKETS Feb 16, 2021



Private hospitals are looking forward to working with the government to vaccinate the public in order to complete the national Covid-19 immunisation process earlier than expected. 


Asia Malaysia’s private hospitals step up to fight COVID-19 as cases surge: by Channel News Asia written by Vincent Tan

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He explained this was based on factors such as hospital size and layout, which might not be conducive for dedicated housing of COVID-19 patients.

“The infrastructure and expertise, we do have it, just not on the same scale as the government, as private hospitals are built in a certain way to cater for a certain group and number of patients,” he told CNA.

Private hospitals, he said, could not “overdo” in terms of seeing or treating more COVID-19 patients due to their pre-existing infrastructure or insufficient personnel, from specialist doctors to nurses.

“Each hospital is managing COVID-19 based on their capacity and capabilities. The major ones in particular are seeing the number of patients they can manage depending on the normal and ICU beds they’ve allotted for COVID-19 patients” Dr Kuljit said.


Private practitioners can help resolve quarantine, close contacts issues: NST 7th February 2021

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The statement from Director General of Health on 6th February 2021:

The ministry, Dr Noor Hisham said, was also considering extending powers to private doctors to issue the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) as the government continued to find new ways to fight the pandemic while the country was under a state of emergency.

He said private doctors might also be given the power to issue and remove pink wristbands of individuals or patients undergoing quarantine.

“Currently, when a patient returns to the private clinic where the test was done, doctors there cannot issue the HSO or the quarantine wristband.

“We’re considering extending that authority to other registered medical practitioners, ” he added.




Empowering registered private medical practitioners with the same authority as their peers in the public sector in managing Covid-19 patients will tackle delays in contact tracing and ensure seamless patient management.

“We need to have more details on how it can be done and what is the accessibility that a medical officer in a private clinic or private hospital would have in the event of a breach.

“How much empowerment will private medical practitioners have? What will be the resources if a patient refuses to listen?

“These are just a few details that, if clarified in detail, I believe will see medical practitioners both in public and private hospitals work together to manage Covid-19 patients.”



Private hospitals diligently reporting Covid-19 cases to authorities, says medical association

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Interview with ENT specialist Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh on sudden hearing loss.

Dr Kuljit also said APHM is prepared to meet up with the relevant government agencies to discuss the matter.

“We are working as a team with the Health Ministry to beat Covid-19.

“We want to know if there are any shortcomings on our part to rectify the matter, ’’ he said while reiterating that as far as he knew, there were no issues with the way private hospitals were handling the Covid-19 situation.



Private hospitals stay committed to assisting govt in managing Covid-19 [Malay Mail & Berita Harian 27 January 2021]

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“However, if the patient falls into category four or five in need of intensive care (ICU) and when there is a slight problem, private hospitals may not have enough ICU beds. If they have an ICU but they have to be isolated from other patients and that is the problem,” he said.









Indirect costs’ prevent private hospitals from lowering Covid-19 charges by Annabelle Lee MALAYSIA KINI 23 January 2021

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Indirect costs’ prevent private hospitals from lowering Covid-19 charges

Annabelle Lee

Taking in Covid-19 patients will require private hospitals to employ more staff and create more isolation wards.

While they are prepared to absorb the additional costs incurred, private hospitals contend they are far more ready to accept non-Covid-19 patients from public hospitals.

Speaking to Malaysiakini today, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Dr Kuljit Singh explained that member hospitals were mindful of the “indirect” costs.

“There are a lot of indirect costs that can’t be quantified in treating Covid-19 patients in private hospitals because (when) we have Covid-19 patients, we have to close the entire ward.

“If there is one (Covid-19) patient, the whole ward is closed. That means they are going to lose income for not getting any patients to come into that area.

“We also have to pay a lot of additional staff to be around to take care of the Covid-19 patients,” he said.

While private hospitals are not planning on billing Covid-19 patients for these indirect costs, Kuljit said these expenses prevented hospitals from lowering their charges.

“We can’t further reduce our charges of seeing Covid-19 patients because there are a lot of indirect costs that we are absorbing which is not accounted for,” he said.

“We will do our part to help the Health Ministry (but) we have to do it to our best ability. We can’t do it for free, and we can’t do it at a very low cost because we are built and operated independently. We have to keep our services running.

“But what we need to mention is that the indirect and hidden costs will not be accounted for. That is already a very big sacrifice,” Kuljit stressed.

Yesterday, General Insurance Association of Malaysia (Piam) chairperson Antony Lee urged private hospitals to “step up” to treat Covid-19.

Give us non-Covid patients instead

In light of the indirect costs of treating Covid-19 patients, Kuljit proposed that private hospitals be used to treat non-Covid-19 cases.

This would allow the government to focus on treating Covid-19 in its hospitals.

“Our stand is (for public hospitals) to send us the non-Covid-19 patients so we can clear your hospitals at a faster rate. Then, you can have more capacity in government hospitals to do Covid-19 (treatment).

“Just send us the non-Covid-19 patients. That we can (treat) immediately and we can do it in big numbers,” he said.

The government is engaging private hospitals because public hospitals are strained as severe Covid-19 cases continue to rise. It plans to decanter both non-Covid-19 and Covid-19 patients to private hospitals.

The Health Ministry hopes to implement its integration plan as early as next week, but stakeholders are still hashing out viable payment options for patients.

Insurance policies generally do not cover pandemic-related risks. Insurance firms also argue they know too little about the virus to fully insure against it.

APHM previously urged insurance firms to reconsider their stance and cover Covid-19 patients with medical cards.

Putrajaya recently allocated RM100 million to rope in private hospitals to treat both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients.

While they had yet to receive details on how the money will be used, Kuljit opined that RM100 million was “surely not enough” but a good start.

“We can charge patients from government hospitals out of the RM100 million […] we can always negotiate a price, this is not a problem.

“But at least (they can) empty their hospitals so they can do Covid-19 treatments. It is better to have their hospitals as Covid-19 hospitals, so we don’t spread the infection everywhere,” he said.

Consider This: COVID-19 (Part 3) – Matching Needs With Capacities ASTRO Awani



In a recent meeting between private sector health care providers and the Ministry of Health on the cooperation between public and private hospitals the issue of how to match the needs of the public sector, with the capacities in the private sector was raised. Which stakeholders have been left out of the management of the pandemic thus far and how should they be incorporated at this point? Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan speak to Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, President, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia


Private Hospitals Taking In Covid-19, Non-Covid Public Patients By Boo Su-Lyn | 12 January 2021


The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) also hopes medical insurance companies will help their clients get reimbursement in private hospitals.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Private hospitals will assist the public health care system to manage non-Covid and some Covid-19 patients based on individual hospital capacity and capability, the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) said today.

APHM’s remarks came after their meeting with Muhyiddin Yassin, following the prime minister’s announcement that the government may enact emergency ordinances — under Malaysia’s state of emergency until August 1 — to enable the temporary takeover of land, buildings, or property of private hospitals; or to request the use of private hospital resources to treat Covid-19 patients.

Muhyiddin also said this morning that the emergency ordinances — legislation that can be enacted by the Executive without Parliamentary approval — could enable the government to obtain assistance from the private health care sector, including human resources, expertise, facilities, assets, testing laboratories, and utilities.

“Hope the medical insurance companies will assist their clients in getting reimbursement in private hospitals so that they are not burdened,” APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh added in his comments to CodeBlue.

All Covid-19 cases are currently treated in the public health care system. Muhyiddin said yesterday, when announcing a two-week Movement Control Order on six states from January 13 to 26, that the public health care system was at a “breaking point”, with more than 2,000 new Covid-19 cases recorded daily over the past seven days.

Muhyiddin added that the current bed occupancy rate in 15 Covid-19 hospitals is over 70 per cent currently, while intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients were fully occupied in Kuala Lumpur Hospital and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). The ICU bed occupancy rate for Covid-19 patients has reached 83 per cent in Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Besides that, the ICU bed occupancy rate for coronavirus patients in five states — Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Terengganu, and Sarawak — has exceeded 70 per cent.

Bernama quoted Health Minister Dr Adham Baba as saying earlier today that the Ministry of Health (MOH) has decided, since last January 1, to place asymptomatic and mild Covid-19 patients (Stage 1 and 2) in home quarantine with monitoring by health workers.

MOH will determine home quarantine if a person infected with Covid-19 lives in a sufficiently large home with rooms for self-isolation, and if the person’s household understands quarantine and isolation. Tests will be done on the tenth day of home quarantine to check if a person no longer has the coronavirus.

Private Hospitals Taking In Covid-19, Non-Covid Public Patients

Understanding Private Healthcare: Our Explanation to YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs


23 December 2020: Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia APHM had our third meeting this year with YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs. We from the private healthcare expressed our concerns on healthcare cost and explained the working structure of our business.

Our industry is a great contributor to the country’s revenue in terms of medical tourist and at the same time we reduce the expenditure burden on healthcare to the government. Without any subsidy from the government, we have successfully remained sustainable and comparatively with other industries, private healthcare profits are way low.

We wish to continuously  play a role  together with YB Minister of this ministry and his officers on different aspects of costing and focus on patient care with a greater value.

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