However, government spending for health will increase from 2.11 per cent of GDP in 2007 to an estimated 2.85 per cent of GDP or RM13.6 billion to RM23.4 billion in 2007.
“We have a healthcare system that is not heavily privatised, but Malaysians are still recording good health statistics going by global ratings,” Ng said.
The government has argued that the 1Care system will be able to offer more equitable healthcare services across all levels of society, particularly the poor, and reduce leakage of public funds.
However, the implementation of a mandatory tax under the proposed policy was heavily criticised.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had said nothing has been cast in stone, as the ministry was still studying the proposal, and the policy will not be implemented if found unsuitable.
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