Malaysia: Medical Doctor to Population ratio

The Health Minister, YB Dato Seri Dr Subramaniam said that Malaysia had already achieved the World Health Organisation standard of 1:600 doctor-to-population ratio.

“We have 33 medical schools in the country and we also have a lot of Malaysians who go overseas to study. The number of doctors entering the market is now about 5,000 each year.”

He reiterated that the Government would not allow any more medical schools to be set up here or even for the existing schools to increase their intake of medical students.

“We are also seriously looking at increasing the minimum entry qualification for medical schools. We want to raise the requirement and make this mandatory even for those who want to study abroad to ensure that only those who are truly qualified can take up medicine,” he said.

Source: theSTAR 18-01-2014

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