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Topic: Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy

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Will Pharmaniaga get another long-term deal with Putrajaya?
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has called for a revamp of the system of procuring medicines for the public sector to prevent virtual or actual monopolisation by any company.
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Think tank urges Putrajaya to ban e-cigarettes from Malaysian market
PETALING JAYA: A think tank today urged Putrajaya to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes from the Malaysian market, following deaths in the United States allegedly linked to them.
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Can a 'sugar tax' make us healthier? | R.AGE Newsflash |
PETALING JAYA: Despite the Sweetened Beverages Excise Duty or “sugar tax” being implemented in an effort to cut down on Malaysian obesity rates, some experts are saying that it isn’t enough to create a healthier nation.
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Review mySalam before it’s too late
I refer to the statements by PSM chairman Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy CEO Azrul Mohd Khalib with regards to mySalam. At the onset of the birth of mySalam, I had ...
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Think tank backs call for review of MySalam
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has backed a former MP’s call for a review of the MySalam insurance scheme, saying it excludes some people because of flaws in its design.
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MySalam scheme must be reviewed, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: An independent committee must conduct a sincere and open review of the MySalam scheme, said a health think tank.
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Falling prey to mental disorder after surviving a serious illness
PETALING JAYA: Unknown to most people, patients who have survived serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases often face mental health disorders on the road to recovery.
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How anti-vaxxers endanger everyone’s health
KUALA LUMPUR: The well-being of Malaysians in general is under threat from the growing numbers of urban and educated people savvy in the use of social media to oppose compulsory vaccinations for child...
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Rania's appointment an example of M'sia's successful HIV strategy
LETTER | News of Rania Zara Medina's appointment as a member of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) has recently been received negatively.
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Tax teh tarik and bubble tea as well, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has urged the government to extend the sugar tax to cover all drinks with high sugar content instead of limiting it to pre-packaged beverages.
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Measles outbreak highlights challenges in caring for Orang Asli
PETALING JAYA: Long journeys into the Orang Asli heartland are common for Dr Madhusudhan Shanmugam, who has been running the Teddy Mobile Clinic since 2015, along with his band of volunteer doctors.
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Raise doctors’ fees before taking out dispensary, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank says it will be impossible to separate the roles of doctors and pharmacists until consultation fees for general practitioners (GPs) are adjusted, as doctors call for the ha...
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Good start but long way to go, experts say ahead of sugar tax
PETALING JAYA: A think tank warns that it will be difficult to change the eating habits of Malaysians, as Putrajaya prepares to impose an excise tax of 40 sen per litre on sweetened beverages.
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GPs go ‘on strike’ for higher consultation fees
PETALING JAYA: Several general practitioners are planning to go “on strike” tomorrow in protest against consultation fees which they say have been stagnant for 27 years.
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Tackle video game addiction, says expert
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Inclusion of additional hospitals plugs critical gap in MySalam
The Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy welcomes today’s announcement by the finance ministry that patients undergoing treatment at hospitals operating under the education and defence ministri...
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mySalam scheme still has gaps in coverage, gov't told
The move to expand the mySalam scheme is encouraging but there are still gaps in the coverage, says a research organisation.
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Malaysia’s R&D spending more than Finland’s, but is it worth it, asks think tank
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spends more money on research and development than Finland but produces far fewer innovations than the latter, according to an independent public policy research and advocacy or...
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From smoking ban to public health reforms, a look at Dzulkefly’s first year
PETALING JAYA: Dzulkefly Ahmad’s performance in his first year as health minister has been encouraging in a number of areas.
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Release report on 2016 fire at Johor hospital, Putrajaya urged
PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has been urged to release the findings of an inquiry into the 2016 fire at Johor’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital which killed six patients.
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Conversion therapy a form of violence against LGBTs, says pressure group
PETALING JAYA: A public policy research and advocacy organisation has rubbished a claim that conversion therapy for LGBTs is not a form of violence, saying it produces long-term psychological trauma.
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Ministry tracks thousands of online ads for illicit medicines
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has sought to assure the public that it is diligent in monitoring the online sale of medicines and health supplements, saying it has issued thousands of notices to e...
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Group tells government to clamp down on online medicine sales
PETALING JAYA: A public health advocacy group today urged the authorities to come down hard on online stores dealing with medicines and supplements, warning that some of the drugs may contain hazardou...
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Heat-not-burn refills shouldn’t be dodging tax, health requirements
PETALING JAYA: A former health ministry official and a think-tank have called on Putrajaya to treat heat-not-burn (HNB) smoking refills as cigarettes and subject to the same regulations which govern t...
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National health insurance the way to go, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has urged the government to consider a national health insurance scheme that requires compulsory subscription by income earners.
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Why exclude patients with pre-existing conditions, think tank asks on govt healthcare scheme
PETALING JAYA: A think tank today questioned the exclusion of patients with pre-existing medical conditions from the government’s new health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 or B40 group.
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Make modern treatment first choice, not last, think tank tells cancer patients
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has cautioned cancer patients against diving straight into traditional medication, saying advanced modern treatment should be their first choice.
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After smoking ban, Putrajaya mulls plain packaging for cigarettes
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry is considering introducing plain packaging for cigarettes, similar to the practice in countries like Australia, Thailand and soon, neighbouring Singapore, more than ...
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Mistake to exclude university hospitals from B40 health scheme, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has criticised the health ministry’s exclusion of university hospitals in a health scheme for the bottom 40 (B40) as patients there will not be able to benefit from it.
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Vaccines save lives, think tank tells anti-vaxxers
KUALA LUMPUR: A think tank took aim today at those who are against vaccinations amid an increase in reports of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles.
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Close the door, cover up, and you’re safe, says Year 3 textbook on ‘modesty’
PETALING JAYA: Social media users are up in arms over a screenshot purportedly of a school textbook suggesting that young girls will be cut off from their friends and bring shame to their families if ...
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Decriminalise suicide, increase funds to fight mental illness, says group
PETALING JAYA: A pressure group seeking better public health system has called for urgent policy reforms to tackle the growing crisis in mental disorders and suicides.
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Ahead of soda tax, Health Ministry wants mamak restaurants to sell fewer sweet drinks
BATU GAJAH, Jan 13 — The Health Ministry is appealing to mamak shops to voluntarily reduce the sugar content of their drinks once a soda tax comes into effect on April 1.
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Schoolbags with my face a printing error, claims PPBM rep
PETALING JAYA: A Selangor PPBM leader has cleared the air over the controversy of his picture being printed on backpacks distributed to schools in his constituency.
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Think tank hails ministry’s educative approach to smoking ban
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has welcomed the health ministry’s move to employ an educative approach to ensure people comply with the nationwide ban on smoking at eateries, calling it both realistic ...
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Think tank wants transgender-sensitisation training for medical professionals
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 ― A think tank called today for transgender-sensitisation programmes to be incorporated at major health facilities and to be taught in medical schools.
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