Posts Tagged ‘Health care’

Myanmar Government and opposition should try to understand the meaning of “Social equality”

August 9, 2011

Source: Social equality from Wikipedia

Social equality is a social state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in a certain respect. At the very least, social equality includes equal rights under the law, such as security, voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, and the extent of property rights.

However, it also includes concepts of economic equity, i.e. access to education, health care and other social securities. It also includes equal opportunities and obligations, and so involves the whole of society.


Very good reply by the Malaysia MOH DG: “Planning for the better health care system”

May 13, 2011

Source-The Star, “Government plan for better health care system” by DATUK DR HASAN ABDUL RAHMAN, Director General of Health, Malaysia.

RECENTLY, there have been a number of articles and comments regarding the Government’s efforts to improve our health system, ‘MMA: Talk to Stakeholders (The Star, April 18), ‘Provide Adequate Healthcare’ (The Star, April 26) and ‘Government healthcare plan must be carefully studied’ (The Star, May 1).


The proposed 1M’sia health plan is based on ineffective and failing NHS-UK model

May 10, 2011
Second Life: National Health Service (UK):

Image by rosefirerising via Flickr

I am just sharing this interesting letter in MKini by Drs Steven Chow & Ng Swee Choon (members of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations Malaysia): “Referendum badly needed on 1M’sia health plan”. I hope and pray that MOH & MMC officials would refrain from attacking this messenger.

We read with great interest and agreement, the article by Dr HT Ong and others ‘1Care outpatient scheme – middlemen didahulukan?‘, on the planned 1Malaysia Healthcare transformation reported in Star May, 24.


In Search of A Promised Land, the Burmese Medical Nomads

September 27, 2010

Comments: I am also a little bit disappointed with this word Nomads which means (according to Wiki)_
Nomadic people “those who let pasture herds”), are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. Most of the Myanmar doctors are not constantly moving from one place to another. We all have just migrated as expatriates abroad. Most of us are settled in one place.

An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing or legal residence. In common usage, the term is often used in the context of pro…fessionals sent abroad by their companies, as opposed to locally hired staff (who can also be foreigners). The differentiation found in common usage usually comes down to socio-economic factors. There is no set definition and usage does vary depending on context and individual preferences and prejudices.

  1. So, skilled professionals working in another country are described as expatriates,
  2. whereas a manual labourer who has moved to another country to earn more money might be labelled an ‘immigrant’. ttp://

But if you kindly allow me to correct the article; most of the Burmese doctors allowed to practice (after getting PR or Citizenships) are actually opening their own clinics or franchised or partnerships in the city centres of the main capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur or other State Capitals but not in rural areas.