Suitable Health Care Financing Model For Malaysia
Ayu, Sri Fajar
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The main objective of a health care delivery system is to maintain or improve the health status of the population. A social or national health care system would also aim to guarantee access to health services for the entire population, regardless of individual ability to pay. Malaysia is one of the Asian countries that based on World Development report in 1999 categorized as the country that has upper middle income, that is between US 3,031.00 to US 9,360.00 per capita. With health expenditure 2.4% of GDP, life expectancy at birth in Malaysia 70 years for male and 74 for female. Malaysia now is still looking for the right national health care system. So, this paper basically attempts to shortly review the idea of suitable health care financing model for Malaysia. After reviewing characteristics of current source of financing in Malaysia, the trends in health expenditure and characteristics of health care financing required by Ministry of Health, this paper closed with some of financing models (community financing model, health insurance and medical saving account) as the proposed health care financing.