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Provide financial aid for dialysis patients
Published on: Sunday, September 03, 2023
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The initiative not only addresses a pressing need but also exemplifies our nation’s commitment to equitable social policies and the wellbeing of all citizens. - pix for illustration purposes only by Healio
I AM writing to highlight a pressing matter that warrants the collective attention of our society and policymakers: the dire financial situation faced by some dialysis patients across Malaysia.

It is imperative that we address the needs of these vulnerable citizens excluded from crucial financial assistance programmes. 

I appeal to the Finance Minister to consider a budget allocation for dialysis patients who do not receive full or partial subsidies/sponsorships from government agencies and NGOs.

The call for this Budget 2024 allocation is underscored by several compelling reasons, each reinforcing the urgency and significance of this proposal:
  • Malaysia Madani concept: The Malaysia Madani concept emphasises the values of unity, compassion, and social responsibility. Allocating funds for underserved dialysis patients aligns perfectly with these principles, demonstrating our commitment to creating a society where no one is left behind.
  • Targeted and inclusive assistance: The proposed budget allocation must target to directly support dialysis patients not covered by existing assistance programmes. 

This focused approach ensures that those who need assistance the most receive it, promoting inclusivity and equitable distribution of resources.
  • Health and wellbeing: Access to healthcare is a fundamental right. By providing financial support to patients struggling to bear the costs of treatment, we can ensure that they receive the care they need to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.
  • Public and political support: A budget allocation that addresses this urgent need would undoubtedly garner public support. Such compassionate policies resonate with citizens and demonstrate the government’s dedication to the people’s welfare. Additionally, the involvement of MPs in advocating for this proposal can amplify its impact and demonstrate their commitment to their constituents’ wellbeing.
  • Humanitarian responsibility: Caring for our fellow citizens who are in need is a humanitarian duty that reflects the values of our society. Providing financial assistance to these patients fulfils our responsibility to create a more caring and compassionate Malaysia.
  • Relief for families: Families of dialysis patients often bear the brunt of medical expenses. By offering financial assistance, we alleviate the financial burden on families, allowing them to focus on providing the best care possible for their loved ones.

In light of these compelling reasons, I call upon all MPs to actively advocate and rally support for this proposed allocation for Budget 2024.

The initiative not only addresses a pressing need but also exemplifies our nation’s commitment to equitable social policies and the wellbeing of all citizens.

I urge the Finance Minister to recognise the urgency of this issue and consider allocating a monthly budget ranging from RM1,500 to RM2,500 per eligible dialysis patient who is not fully subsidised or partially sponsored by any government agencies or NGOs.

The direct disbursement of these funds to dialysis centres’ bank accounts through a designated government agency would ensure transparency and accountability.

I implore the Finance Minister to recognise the gravity of the situation and take action to allocate the necessary funds in the 2024 budget.

And I appeal to our collective humanity and the spirit of Malaysia Madani to ensure that underserved dialysis patients receive the assistance they urgently require. 

By supporting this proposal, we can make a tangible difference in their lives, reaffirm our commitment to building a compassionate society, and collectively work towards the betterment of our beloved nation.

Bantuan Dialisis Advocate

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