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Health scheme for B40 begins today
Published on: Monday, April 15, 2019
By: Bernama

KUANTAN: The PeKa B40, a healthcare protection scheme for the low-income group, will begin nationwide today Monday (April 15), Datuk Seri Dzulkefly (pic) Ahmad announced Sunday.

The Health Minister said its main focus was to foster public-private cooperation in assisting the bottom 40 per cent of society (B40) by prioritising free registered private general practitioner (GP) services for them.

“Qualified recipients can undergo health screenings at GP clinics that display the PeKa B40 sticker,” he said in a statement.

Dzulkefly said as of last Friday (April 12), 423 GP clinics have registered under the scheme, with their addresses accessible online at www.pekab40.com.my. 

“At the same time, other GP clinics are called upon to register themselves online and become PeKa B40 clinics.

“Doing so will make it easier for qualified persons under the scheme to undergo health screenings at clinics near them. The registration will continue for as long as the scheme,” he said.

Dzulkefly said to start off, PeKa B40 will begin its testing operations phase where the Ministry will evaluate its logistics and obtain feedback from all stakeholders involved.

“The phase will continue until the PeKa B40 is fully launched later on. Aside from the main benefit, the scheme also offers several others,” he said.

These include medical equipment aid, incentives to complete cancer treatment, and transportation fare aid to get treatment at Ministry of Health hospitals.

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the scheme involving an allocation of RM100 million would benefit 800,000 recipients of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) aged 50 and above.

“The benefits include medical examinations for hypertension, diabetes, kidney problems and cholesterol; medical aid such as artificial lenses for cataract, wheelchairs and hearing aids; incentive to complete cancer treatment; and transportation fare incentive of RM500 for patients in the peninsula and RM1,000 for those in Sabah and Sarawak to seek treatment at public hospitals or clinics,” he said.

Lee was also optimistic that the scheme would be extended to more recipients in the future. 



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