Cost to treat heart disease will rise without action to prevent: health DG

Cost to treat heart disease will rise without action to prevent: health DG

2 months ago

KUALA LUMPUR – The treatment cost burden of heart disease in this county is expected to continue to increase if there are no effective actions taken by stakeholders in controlling and preventing the disease, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Citing this year’s Direct Healthcare Cost of Non-communicable Diseases in Malaysia report, he said an estimated RM3.93 billion of the total RM9.65 billion in healthcare costs in 2017 was allocated to treating heart patients.

“Therefore, collaborations between the Health Ministry and other agencies – government departments, statutory bodies, private sectors and non-governmental organisations – are vital to strengthening the governance of heart disease care and prevention in Malaysia more comprehensively.

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