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KUCHING, June 18: Kuching has been selected as one of the first among 10 districts throughout Malaysia for the Skim Perubatan Madani (SPM) initiative.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen in a Facebook post today said the initiative was launched by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on June 15, with an initial overall sum of RM100 million which will benefit an estimated 700,000 B40 households throughout Malaysia.
“I welcome the Skim Perubatan Madani initiative by the MOH and encourage all eligible recipient to make full use of this initiative which provides free treatment for low-income families (B40) from private general practitioner (GP) clinics,” he said.
According to Dr Yii, for Kuching alone, this initiative expected to benefit 53,287 households, where for each Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah (STR) recipient, the government allocates RM250 for each household, RM125 for senior citizens (without their partner), and RM75 for single individuals.
He said STR recipients may obtain as many free treatments as they want until the allocation for each household is finished.
He also said this will benefit all STR recipients and they will be registered automatically into this initiative automatically. All they need is to bring their IC to a registered general practitioner (GP) clinic, he added.
“One of the aims of this initiative is to make it more convenient for the B40 community to receive additional free treatment at partner private clinics without the need to go to government hospitals or clinics when they are sick, thus also hopefully helping in reducing the congestion these government facilities.
“That is why I encourage all STR recipient to make full use of this initiative on top of existing healthcare benefits such as PeKaB40 that provides free health screening for those eligible recipients,” Dr Yii added.
Currently there are 11 approved private GP clinics in Kuching that are offering these services, and seven applications which are currently still being processed, with more expected to join during the implementation of this initiative.
Private GPs are also welcome to register with ProtectHealth Corp to provide such services to the people.
STR recipients can check the list of these clinics at https://kelayakan-spm.protecthealth.com.my/find-clinics. — DayakDaily