1st Edition

Health Care in Malaysia The Dynamics of Provision, Financing and Access

Edited By Heng Leng Chee, Simon Barraclough Copyright 2007
    246 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

    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


    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.