The Health Ministry will be given RM36.1bil under Budget 2023, an increase of RM3.7bil from the RM32.4bil allocated under Budget 2022.
This is one of the biggest increases in allocations for ministries, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said when tabling Budget 2023 in Parliament on Friday (Oct 7).
The Finance Minister said RM4.9bil had been allocated to ramp up healthcare capacity including through the procurement of medicines, reagents, and vaccines, among others. This is a 12% increase from the 2022 allocation, The Star reported.
He added that RM1.8bil has been allocated for the construction of new health clinics, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.
Other salient allocations include:
RM10 million to purchase 3D printing machines for dental health services.
Government to set up mental health centre of excellence.
RM1.8 billion to build new healthcare facilities and purchase new medical equipment.
RM420 million to repair dilapidated hospitals and clinics.
RM4.9 billion to increase capacity for public healthcare.
RM20 million to promote Malaysia as a medical tourism destination.
Allocations to treat rare diseases increased to RM25 million.
Government to continue measures to combat the illicit cigarette trade.