A general survey by TMR found the treatment cost per day for a non-critical Covid-19 case at Sunway Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, is between RM1,500 and RM2,500 with a deposit of RM10,000 to RM20,000.
“The treatment cost for ICU is different depending on the patient’s critical treatment needs. For now, we can only accept 25 Covid-19 patients including in ICU. We have 50 patients on the waiting list,” according to a Sunway Medical Centre spokesperson.
Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) has also reached full capacity at the moment. However, the hospital does not have a waiting list.
The cost per day and deposit at SJMC depend on the level of illness, with levels ranging from mild to moderate, followed by serious to critical.
“The admission rate for mild cases is at RM2,000 per day with a deposit between RM10,000 and RM20,000. For moderate Covid-19 cases, the charge is RM4,000 per day with a RM15,000 deposit. For seriously ill patients, who require treatment at ICU facilities, the charge is between RM6,000 and RM8,000 a day with a deposit of RM30,000.
“For critical patients, the charge is RM12,000 per day with a RM50,000 deposit,” an SJMC spokesperson said. Other private hospitals declined to comment on their rates when contacted by TMR.
Source : The Malaysian Reserve
Just how much does it cost to treat Covid-19 in a private hospital? It’s exorbitant, says one doctor in Kedah.
The association of private hospitals Malaysia, however, has played down such claims, saying the cost of treating Covid-19 patients is “about the same” nationwide.
Association president Dr Kuljit Singh said however the cost could vary in different states and towns.
It could also depend on the Covid-19 category the patient is treated for, he said, adding that most private hospitals would have walk-in patients, who are in the first three categories, which are less severe cases.
“But when it comes to those who fall under category four and five, which would see them needing intensive care or require respiratory assistance, the cost will be as high as treating infections or surgery,” he told FMT.
Kuljit also said the only difference between treating Covid-19 patients and that of other diseases is that more personal protective equipment is required.
He was asked to comment on a Facebook post by a Kedah-based doctor that the bill to treat Covid-19 patients could come to over RM140,000.
Kuljit went on to say that the cost to treat Covid-19 patients in government hospitals is about the same, although Putrajaya would subsidise the fees for the public.
“It is also expensive for the government.”
Which is why the public, he added, should be grateful to the government for footing the entire cost.
“Hence, they should not take it for granted and should remain vigilant. Adhere to the SOPs.”
In February, Kuljit denied that private hospitals overcharge for the treatment they offer patients.
He said public hospitals incur the same costs “if not more” but these costs are not known to the public, whereas private hospitals would itemise their bills, “which we show our patients”.
All non-Covid-19 patients admitted to private hospitals need not worry about the cost of treatment as it will be borne by the government and private entities.
Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said private hospitals are more than willing to help the government and the people in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the aim is not to profit from this but to mitigate the growing number of patients crowding public hospitals and to give them the best care possible.
“All the predetermined rates were done with plenty of discounts given to the government and both parties agreed that there will be times where there will be a little bit of loss to the private sector.
“This however is not a problem. The intention here is not to make a profit but to help the government vacate their hospitals so they are able to treat the Covid-19 patients,” Dr Kuljit said when contacted.
The government issued a directive through the Ministry of Health (MOH) stating all non-Covid patients currently warded in public hospitals be moved to private hospitals primarily for the purpose of freeing up existing medical wards to treat more severe cases of Covid-19 involving Category 3, 4 and 5 patients.
The cost of treatment for patients transferred to private healthcare institutions will be absorbed by the government up to a certain limit.
Based on the Health Ministry’s guideline for the outsourcing of non-Covid patients to private hospitals, the ceiling charge per patient is RM45,000 for surgery, RM25,000 for non-surgery, RM5,000 for follow-up and the lowest available in the ward for bed charges.
Dr Kuljit said medical procedures will be done within this pay structure and anything more than that will be discussed with both parties on how best to pick up the costs.
“Whatever procedures that are necessary will be done within that cost which both parties have agreed upon.
“For anything that goes above the RM45,000 we will look through the bills and have negotiations and discussions for each bill.
“So the public need not worry about being charged if they come in for treatment. We’re willing to make a sacrifice for everyone’s sake,” he added.
Apart from the movement of patients, the directive also stipulated that private hospitals are also not allowed to transfer the patients to another private hospital without the ministry’s approval.
The guideline also states that all patient transfers between hospitals were to be implemented by the private sector and that all patient disputes including negligence claims were to be accounted for by private hospital operators themselves.