Budget 2021: Healthcare industry receives RM65 billion

The Budget raised the ceiling of the Covid-19 fund by RM20 billion to RM 65 billion.

For next year, a total of RM1 billion will be allocated to curb the third wave of Covid-19. The breakdown is as below:

  • RM475 million for the purchase of reagent supplies, screening kits and consumables  specifically for the use os Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • RM318 million for the preparation of PPE and hand sanitisers to MOH frontliners
  • RM150 million to the National Disaster Management Agency to coordinate efforts to combat Covid-19
  • RM50 million for equipments, laboratory test supplies and medicines at the University Hospitals
  • Adding equipments for dental, virtual clinic services as well as the provision of screening facilities and thermometers in health facilities to meet the new norm SOP

The health sub-sector remains as a priority sub-sector with an allocation of RM4.7 billion or 6.8 percent of total DE, with spending focused on expanding the health sector and providing an effective national healthcare system. 

RM1 billion has been allocated to the Covid-19 fight in Malaysia and 100,000 health frontliners will receive a one-off payment of RM500.

RM1 billion to prevent the third wave of Covid-19 RM475 million to buy supplies of reagent, test kits and disposables for the Health Ministry and RM318 million to obtain PPE and hand sanitisers for Health Ministry frontliners.

RM24 million allocated to tackle mental health issues through strengthening mental health programs, prevention of violence and injuries, and substance abuse.

The government has also announced a tax relief scope expanded for medical expenses which will include vaccination such as pneumococcal, influenza and Covid-19. Furthermore, the government will increase tax relief to RM8,000 for parents medical, special needs and care expenses. 

Additionally , the MySalam coverage will be expanded to cover the cost of medical devices such as prosthetics. 

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