180,000 Jobs in Health Care by 2020
According to a recent article reported in the Borneo Post, the Malaysian government
has identified the Medical Health services sector as an important key to Malaysia’s growth. This is good news for students who desire to venture into the medical health field as there will be more jobs created by the government once they graduate. Students can go into courses like Nursing, Medical Lab Technology, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, or Medicine.
Under its Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), unveiled in September 2010, the government aims to transform the country into a high-income economy bracket by 2020, with the health sector targeted as central to this plan.
As one of the 12 national key economic areas (NKEAs), health care is targeted to
become a significant economic enabler by generating revenue through health tourism, as well as manufacturing drugs and equipment.
The sector also aims to create 180,000 new positions in health care and attract up to one million overseas health tourists annually by the beginning of the next decade.
To achieve that goal, however, spending in the sector will need a significant boost. Currently, Malaysia dedicates the equivalent of 4.7 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) on health services.
This is lower than most middle-income nations’ spend, which averages 6.5 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation.
One of the core areas for that increased investment is human capital.
The Health Ministry has set a series of targets to increase the ratios of health sciences professionals to the general public.
Once the ETP has completed its term by 2020, officials believe Malaysia will have one doctor for every 400 citizens, compared with the present rate of around 1:800, and one nurse for every 200 people, up from the current level of 1:384.
To achieve this, Malaysia is boosting its health education training schemes.
In late July, Muhyiddin Yassin, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the government was planning to increase the number of higher education institutions in the field of health science to 150,000 by 2020, up from the present 55,000.
According to Muhyiddin, who is also Malaysia’s Education Minister, “I believe Malaysia can play a central role in answering the need for more health professionals in the region.
As such, health sciences students, who are considered highly skilled and employable, can expect a brighter future in this field.” On July 14, in a speech delivered on her behalf at a graduation ceremony at a health training institute in Sabah, Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, the Deputy Health Minister, said the government was moving to accelerate the pace of improvements in sectoral education.
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