Former health minister: Political will needed to address healthcare issues

Former health minister: Political will needed to address healthcare issues

PUCHONG: Former Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri S Subramaniam raised the need to forge close relationship between political dimensions and healthcare, and stressing the need for political will by the government to prioritise healthcare of the mass population.

He also spoke on challenges of developing appropriate health financing scheme to help the people, citing example of the panic over healthcare programmes both in the United Kingdom and the US.

“There is a need for major systemic reforms to manage explosive increase in non-communicable diseases globally,” he said, during a talk at Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Subramaniam also told the professors and research scientists about ‘the bold and brave approach undertaken by Malaysia in overcoming Hepatitis C epidemic’.

The former MIC president, who lost the Segamat parliamentary seat in the 14th general election, returned to the medical profession and is currently practicing as a dermatologist.

Subramaniam also served as Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister from 2008 to 2013.

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