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Global health series - COVID-19 - Malaysian general practitioners experience and challenges (ON-DEMAND: 6mins)

Presentation Description

Malaysia has been relatively successful in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key to the success has been early pandemic preparedness from the previous experience with MERS and the SARS epidemic. Contact tracing, robust public health, primary healthcare response and hospitalization of all individuals diagnosed as COVID-19 positive whether symptomatic or asymptomatic are key to achieve the desired outcome. The pandemic has a significant impact on the social, financial and psychological wellbeing of the General Practitioners. There was a severe drop in clinic visits. This presented a challenge to the sustainability of their practices. We do not have a national health scheme, and most of our patients fall in the “out of pocket” category. We felt that there could have been more government support. Besides providing financial support to the GPs affected, provision of accurate information with training regards to handling the pandemic will enhance efficiency and productivity in the delivery of primary healthcare services.

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