Control heart disease to stem mounting treatment cost, says health DG

Control heart disease to stem mounting treatment cost, says health DG

2 months ago

KUALA LUMPUR: The treatment cost of heart disease is expected to continue to rise if no effective action is taken by stakeholders to control and prevent the disease, said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Citing this year’s The 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, including 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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