Impact of Health Financing on Healthcare Quality and Affordability in Malaysia: A Conceptual Review


  • Daan-Max van Dongen Institute of Education, University College London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, United Kingdom



Health financing, Universal health coverage, Health insurance, Out-of-pocket expenditure, Health financing mechanisms


In comparison to the majority of essential health indices, the health care system in Malaysia has performed exceptionally well. Despite this, it is still behind the techniques used in many other Asian countries, despite its great potential. The primary reason for this is that patients in Malaysia are subjected to a significant amount of financial risk while seeking medical treatment. The implications of health care finance in Malaysia are investigated in this study, with a particular focus on access and equality issues. This exemplifies the urgent requirement for novel ways to the financing of medical care that are compliant with the norms that have been established. According to the findings of this study, it is recommended that efforts should be increased by employing policy changes to include money pooling and risk sharing, subsidization for the poor and the vulnerable, and mandatory enrollment. In addition, it is recommended that the efforts be increased by employing policy changes to include money pooling and risk sharing. Finally, the implication for public policy indicates that the government ought to commit to the tremendously feasible improvement of the nation's healthcare system through spending.


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Dongen, D.-M. van. (2022). Impact of Health Financing on Healthcare Quality and Affordability in Malaysia: A Conceptual Review. Malaysian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 9(1), 33-40.

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