Liow: No budget cut for medicine
AT THE DEWAN RAKYAT
THE Health Ministry has never reduced the budget for the purchase of medicines in public hospitals, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“There was a change in the budgeting where only the half-year allocation was given instead of for a year.
“The allocation is to be given twice a year under the new system. I have since instructed it to revert back to the one-year budget allocation,” he said in his reply to Dr Lo’ Lo’ Ghazali (PAS – Titiwangsa).
To another question about patients having to buy certain medicine from pharmacies, Liow told Johari Abdul (PKR – Sungai Petani) that they could claim the money from the Government provided that the prescription was issued by government doctors.
Liow also told Tan Kok Wai (DAP – Cheras) that the ministry would check on a shortage of medicine supply as claimed by several opposition MPs.
“This could be due to the management of the clinic as the ministry had never reduced its budget on medicine supply for hospitals and clinics in the country,” he said.