Health care delivery in Malaysia: Changes, challenges and champions

Susan Thomas, Loosee Beh, Rusli Bin Nordin

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere23
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health in Africa: research and practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • And health care financing
  • Challenges
  • Changes
  • Health care services
  • Social equity

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