Finance, now there are still issues to

Finance, has always been the engine in every industry. The financing
system of oral   healthcare for both
public and private system is very different. At present, in the public sector,
the government has largely subsidised the oral healthcare, keeping oral health
care fees affordable for large proportion of the Malaysians. This kind
initiative may be good, however there were concerns. With the ballooning cost
of oral health care system, this system may not be sustainable and there may be
one day where there is simply not enough funding to keep up with general
public’s needs. Thus, in 2010, an entirely new healthcare administering system
called ‘1Care’ has been proposed and will require 10% of income to be allocated
to fund the new program. The catch of this proposal is that how to convince the
average Malaysians to accept this entire new concept as it may draw flak from
public if introduced at this present time. There were also concerns with
eligibility of unemployed people for medical treatment. As for now there are
still issues to be iron out, but in the long term it may be seem as a necessary
evil, which we have no choice but to bite the bullet.

On the other hand for the
private sector, it’s usually fee-for-service basis. Despite MDA has issued a
dental fee schedule for the private practitioners, dental charges on the
private site are profit driven. Private healthcare facilities continuously
raise rates to keep up with global inflation which attributes high cost of
private dental services. One fears that without proper regulation, this may
keep private dental services beyond the reach of majority of population, making
private dental services a premium commodity for the rich and famous. Proper
regulation is thus essential in this context, fee charged must be reasonable to
keep private sector competitive, at the same time providing quality oral
healthcare without neglecting the patient’s needs.

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Insufficient allocation of
money by the government for developing the oral healthcare further fuels the
fire. From the recent summary of the budget 2017, there were no specific
allocations of funds being transferred to the oral division. 6 The
government should reconsider and start improving the current facilities and
also fund dental researchers to improve lifestyle of Malaysians. 

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