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J Public Health Afr. 2011 Sep 5;2(2):e23. doi: 10.4081/jphia.2011.e23. eCollection 2011 Sep 5.

Health care delivery in Malaysia: changes, challenges and champions.

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School of Medicine Education Unit, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway campus.
Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Clinical School Johor Bahru, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway campus, Malaysia.


Since 1957, there has been major reorganization of health care services in Malaysia. This article assesses the changes and challenges in health care delivery in Malaysia and how the management in health care processes has evolved over the years including equitable health care and health care financing. The health care service in Malaysia is changing towards wellness service as opposed to illness service. The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH), being the main provider of health services, may need to manage and mobilize better health care services by providing better health care financing mechanisms. It is recommended that partnership between public and private sectors with the extension of traditional medicine complementing western medicine in medical therapy continues in the delivery of health care.


and health care financing.; challenges; changes; health care services; social equity

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Conflict of interest: the authors report no conflicts of interest.

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