What’s an interesting headline¬† ‘government hospitals expect 25 percent jump in number of patients’. However it didn’t elaborate why they expect more Malaysians will be sicked?

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said the extension from 4.30pm to 9.30pm on weekdays, and to conduct operation on Saturdays, were aimed at reducing the people’s burden caused by the fuel price hike on June 5.

Save cost. “The public are expected to utilise government medical facilities to save cost. We have issued directives to government hospitals and clinics to prepare to receive up to 25 per cent increase in the number of patients,” he told reporters after opening a health science symposium here Thursday.

He said government medical officers would be working on shifts and would be paid overtime at RM80 per hour.

“We welcome private doctors to work part-time at government hospitals and clinics at RM80 per hour to cater to the increasing number of patients,” he added.

Malaysia has over 128 hospitals, 30,969 beds and 1,909 clinics.