Sabah to improve payment system in hospitals: health director

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Department of Health (JKNS) will improve the payment system in all hospitals in the state including Semporna Hospital in the near future, said its director, Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin.

She said this includes creating cashless payment services such as the use of credit and debit cards to make it easier for patients to make payments for treatment based on current needs.

“JKNS is concerned and always ensures that hospitals in Sabah provide life-saving treatment first regardless of the nationality of the patient and to refer citizens facing financial constraints to the medical social work unit of hospital,” she said in a statement today.

She said this while commenting on a Facebook post about a stateless mother who had to settle a cash payment of RM3,953 before being discharged from hospital recently.

Dr Rose Nani said the patient involved was a non-citizen who gave birth normally on April 24 at Semporna Hospital’s maternity ward. The patient was discharged the following day.

“Non-citizen patients are still subject to the (Medical) Fees (Cost of Services) Order 2014 under the Fees Act 1951. The patient was charged a fee of RM3,953, who have been paid,” she also said. – Bernama


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