Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MIM MEETING LAST WEEKEND, 16-17th AUGUST 2014

It has been a busy weekend. I had to tutor UTAR 5th yr medic and then run to UM, Faculty of medicine to take part in MIM ( Medicine in Malaysia ) weekend seminar. They had invited me to go take part in their seminar. To judge their poster competition and also deliver a talk on Cardiology in Malaysia.
I was very impressed with what I saw over the weekend.
Lets take a step back.
This MIM series of meeting through the country, is run by a group of undergraduates from Overseas ( mainly UK ), together with their Malaysian counterparts ( undergraduates ) from UMMC and IMU. It is funded by Talent Corp, who obviously wanted to get to this group of Malaysians studying overseas, to get them to return.
The meeting was well attended ( guestimate ), about 300 in the Dewan TJ Danaraj, UMMC. The poster competition featured some simple research ( some done overseae and some from local Us like UMMC and Hospital Pinang ). It was quite obvious that the work done overseas were better thought about and executed. I was particularly impressed by a piece of work from UK where they tried to identify markers of drug non responsiveness in patients given come chemotherapy for Glioblastoma Multiforme. I thought that that held much clinical promise.
I spoke on Cardiology in Malaysia, outlining our journey through the last 2 decades, from the time of clinical cardiology till present day PCI. I also dwell a bit of current day private practice in Malaysia and the plethora of laws governing us from Medical Act '71 to PHCFS Act, Local council laws, to  PDPA, to Medical Act 71 amendment ( NSR ) to GST, and yet we are being squeeze by MCOs where there is no law to govern them. Life as a private doctor is tough.
I sat through some of the sessions hearing big chiefs from MOH telling the young ones, how good is the Healthcare service in Malaysia. Gosh, it made me want to pewed.
Anyway, that was my weekend. Life is almost back to normal.
This weekend we start to finalise preparation for ICF 2014, at year end.

4 comments:

Winston Yap said...

Doc, I understand that our government wants to implement the UK style of NHS here; it's a very stupid system.
From what can be gathered from the Internet, it's a completely failed system that is also very expensive.
I think that all Malaysians, especially doctors, must oppose the implementation of this system.
It also very severely restricts the patients' choice of doctors.
Our current health care system is very good although the consultation fee charged at government health facilities should be raised because it is rather low.
What's your take on this?

hmatter said...

Hi Winston, in 2012, together with Dr Steven Chow, The Penang Coalition for Healthcare and the PR parties ( mainly PAS and PSM, we went on a roadshow to oppose the 1Care which was the earlier version of this Healthcare transformation that the Minister is now talking about. With a looming GE 13 then, and with BN expecting a close fight and the possibility that they may lose, the YB MOH then, spoke to me to stop the roadshow, and tone it down. He promised that 1Care will be shelved. It was a hot potato with GE 13 looming. Anyway, I was already completing the roadshow itinerary. So we stopped and 1Care was shelved.
I believe that it was kept in the back burner waiting. Now it is coming back, I hear. The name 1Care has been patented to some Singaporean guy. They did not reserve the right to use 1Care, so they have called it "Healthcare Transformation". It is basically the same.
I believe that unless we change this corrupt government, 1Care will always be there as it will have a Healthcare kitty ( war chest ) of about RM 43 Billion. Some UMNO guy is just waiting for it.
That was my small contribution to Malaysian Healthcare.

Winston Yap said...

Doc, it's about time that your road show goes ahead regardless of what those idiots say.
I think that Malaysians must be made fully aware through whatever media about the bankrupt policies of the government.
I always think that the main defect about the opposition is that it never knows how to capitalise on the myriad scams, cons and deception of the ruling party to win over the electorate.
It must learn how to use whatever media at its disposal to the greatest effect.
Thank you.
Regards,

hmatter said...

To be honest Winston, we are getting too old for road shows. We were hoping that younger ones will see the need to take over. Age is catching up.