Brunei, Malaysia finalise patient mobility work plan
CROSSING the border between Brunei and Malaysia will be smoother for patients seeking treatment after both countries concluded a joint work plan yesterday as part of their Seventh Bilateral Health Ministers Meeting.
The cross-border transfer of patients has been a repeated topic of discussion in previous bilateral meetings on health, with Permanent Secretary of Health Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil informing that patients from Temburong travelling by road to the capital needed to pass through Limbang, while Limbang residents referred to hospitals in Miri had to travel to Brunei en route.
Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Md Yusof said persons of contact from the relevant authorities would be established to avoid any immigration delays.
“We have both agreed and successfully concluded the agreement – to facilitate a more effective way of allowing easy transfer of patients from Sarawak and vice versa – with collaboration and understanding made through contact persons.
“The transfer will be more effective and sped up this way, so whatever treatment needed by Brunei and Malaysia residents can be met,” said the minister at the press conference held after the Seventh Bilateral Meeting at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam touted Malaysia as a destination for medical tourism for those in the region – with Malaysia’s Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) able to facilitate any patient’s needs from immigration, to providing information on cost and types of facilities available.
“The Ministry of Health in Malaysia has developed a separate entity on its own called the MHTC to facilitate patients coming in from all parts of the world for treatment.
“I hope these bilateral meetings help the MHTC and Brunei develop a good working relationship so that the MoH in Brunei can feel free to use the facilities in Malaysia and allow for the smooth passage of patients from Brunei and ensuring that they can get the best of care.”
The Brunei Times