Malaysia health system review

Publication details

Number of pages: 103
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789290615842


How to Cite this publication

Jaafar S, Noh KM, Muttalib K, Othman NH, Healy J, Maskon K, et al. Malaysia health system review. Vol.3 No.1. New Delhi: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 2013.


Malaysia has made impressive population-wide health gains with a low-cost health care system. However, the Malaysian Government also faces challenges: how to agree on a scheme for fair and sustainable funding; strengthening the governance of both public and private health services; determining the balance between public and private sector delivery; and considering whether the community would be better served by more decentralized and responsive services.

As Malaysia continues to experience demographic and epidemiological transitions, the population’s demand for health care will continue to rise. Pressures are building up for health system reform in Malaysia looking towards the year 2020 and beyond.