Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Don't compromise healthcare for tourist dollars

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and other concerned groups have protested the Health Ministry’s move to allow healthcare services to be promoted in order to boost the tourism industry.

1Malaysia clinics – in the spirit of primary healthcare

Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Governments initiative in introducing the 1Malaysia community clinic network to help to meet the urgent health needs of the rakyat in urban areas.

Exorbitant hospital charges and what you can do

Under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Regulations 2006, patients have the right to receive information, on request, of the estimated charges for services to be provided and of other unanticipated charges for services that are routine or usual.

Move to streamline private hospital charges welcomed

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) applauds the Ministry of Health for planning to control charges at private hospitals, including doctors’ consultation fees and the number of in-house visits to patients in a day. The reports of recent abuses justify this action.

Separation of dispensing rights - start in major towns first

Previously, when doctors were accorded the legal right to dispense, there were very few pharmacists and pharmacies in the country. However, this is no longer the case.

There are already more than 6,000 pharmacists registered with Malaysian Pharmacy Board. More than 500 new pharmacy graduates are added to the nation each year. As such, the issue of a shortage of pharmacists should not arise.