Health Care in Malaysia: The Dynamics of Provision, Financing and Access, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Health Care in Malaysia

The Dynamics of Provision, Financing and Access, 1st Edition

Edited by Heng Leng Chee, Simon Barraclough


224 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The health care system in Malaysia has undergone a fundamental transformation over the last two decades. This book examines this transformation and explores the pressing issues it faces today. It includes coverage of:

  • the evolution of the system since independence, from the colonial legacy of national provision bequeathed from the British to the impact of the global ideological shift against statism in the 1980s
  • considers the responses of the Malaysian state and government policy
  • issues such as equity of provision, women's access to health care, HIV-AIDS health care, care for the elderly.

The book offers a detailed examination of the changing face of health care in Malaysia, and its impact on Malaysian citizens, users and society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Transformation of Health Care in Malaysia Part 1: The State and the Private Sector in the Financing and Provision of Health Care 1. The Growth of Corporate Health Care in Malaysia 2. Regulating Malaysia’s Private Health Care Sector 3. Rising Health Care Costs: The Contradictory Responses of the Malaysian State 4. Malaysian Health Policy in Comparative Perspective 5. The Welfarist State Under Duress: Global Influences and Local Contingencies in Malaysia 6. Equity in Malaysian Healthcare: An Analysis of Public Health Expenditures and Healthcare Facilities Part 2: People’s Access to Health Care 7. Health Care for the Orang Asli: Consequences of Paternalism and Non-Recognition 8. Women’s Access to Health Care Services in Malaysia 9. HIV-AIDS Health Care Policy and Practice in Malaysia 10. Health Care and Long Term Care Issues for the Elderly 11. Health Care in Sarawak: Model of a Public System. Epilogue: Civil Society and Health Care Policy in Malaysia

About the Editors

Heng Leng Chee is Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her publications include Health and Health Care in Malaysia: Present Trends and Implications for the Future, and she was a member of the writing team for the World Health Organisation report Genomics and World Health. She works in the areas of health and health care, gender, women, and family.

Simon Barraclough teaches health policy and international health relations in the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia. His research interests include the political economy of health systems in developing countries, international investment in health services, health industry exports, international health relations and tobacco control policies in developing countries.

About the Series

Routledge Malaysian Studies Series

The Routledge Malaysian Studies Series publishes high quality scholarship that provides important new contributions to knowledge on Malaysia. It also signals research that spans comparative studies, involving the Malaysian experience with that of other nations.

This series, initiated by the Malaysian Social Science Association (MSSA) to promote study of contemporary and historical issues in Malaysia, and designed to respond to the growing need to publish important research, also serves as a forum for debate on key issues in Malaysian society. As an academic series, it will be used to generate new theoretical debates in the social sciences and on processes of change in this society.

The Series covers a broad range of subjects including history, politics, economics, sociology, international relations, geography, business, education, religion, literature, culture and ethnicity. The series will encourage work adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

New proposals for the series are welcomed.  Prospective authors should in the first instance contact the series editors, whose email addresses are:;; and


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General