PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has decided to review some charges for first and second class patients in government hospitals, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
In a statement today, he said the charges are set for a revision as they have not been reviewed for a long time.
However, there was no indication as to what the revised charges will entail and when it will take place.
Currently, the per night charges are RM80 for first class wards with air-conditioning, RM20 for second class, and RM3 for third class.
The daily medical charges are RM10 per patient for first class wards, RM5 per patient for second class, and no charges for patients in third class.
The minister gave his assurance that those who have been enjoying free and highly-subsided health care will continue to receive these services.
"Third class patients will continue to receive free medical care as before," he added.
Dr Subramaniam said the government will not shirk from its responsibility to the poor and those from the low-income group.
"They will continue to receive the high level of care that they have been receiving, just as before," he added.
Last year, Dr Subramaniam was quoted as saying that only 1.6 percent of the total number of patients would be affected by the increase while the remaining would enjoy full subsidy.