KUALA LUMPUR: The government spent RM82.56 million on medical assistance for armed forces veterans last year, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He said the money was used on medical fees, orthopedic instruments, implants, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical treatments and travel claims for hospital trips.
“More than RM500,000 was channeled to buy health equipment, including wheelchairs, walking sticks, beds and mattresses.
“A total of RM46.96 million was spent on dialysis for 9,314 armed forces veterans, while RM10.28 million was spent on mortuary management assistance to help veterans’ next-of-kin.
“For the longest time we have been offering assistance to armed forces veterans until their retirement and death,“ he said.
Reporting by Nazura Ngah, Hidir Reduan, Fairul Asmaini Mohd Pilus, Veena Babulal, Farhana Syed Nokman, Luqman Arif Abdul Karim and Ahmad Suhael Adnan