Image: they seem to have lots of money to adorn the hospital building with lots of flags, but how about using the money to buy medicines?
While many of you either read the internet or watch TV related to budget 2009, I had a personal experience with it yesterday.
Long ago I’ve changed my life style and started visiting government hospitals for my ailments instead of private ones.
Yesterday, I went to the government hospital to get my usual supply of medicines for my high blood pressure, but was told that I could only get a month’s supply.
I was usually given four months supply as I live in Bangkok and will return there today.
“It’s not that I do not want to give it to you, please understand,” pleaded the young pharmacist at the counter.
She looked truly desperate. “It’s just that we do not have the supply,” she added.
How come, I asked? What if there were an emergency? What am I to do when I run out of medicines in Bangkok as the city does not have some of the tablets that I am use to taking?
“We have no budget to buy medicines,” she revealed. We are waiting for the budget to be approved.
“We are not the only ones. The whole of Malaysia is affected,” she added.
I wonder how many of you experience such a thing. I guess if you are not seriously ill or have a disease which you need to treat over a longer period of time, it is okay.
If you need a constant supply of meds like me, you may be in trouble.
The frst thing that came to my mind: state of emergency in hospitals?
Perhaps the GH leadership is busy playing politics and is now embroiled in “WHO DID IT?” – as in who leaked the report related to sodomy chages of Anwar Irahim.
BUDGET 2009 was tabled in Parliament by yesterday no other than Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Already analysts are commenting that the RM207.9 bil budget is a fantasy for Malaysia, with a budget deficit of 3.5 percent.
Those whose use less than RM20 of electricity per month will not be charged?
I believe many with families are paying more than RM20 per month for electricity? So who does this benefit? The footloose and fancy free.
There’ll be a 50 percent cut in toll for buses, but none for those at border entry-points – Johor, Second Link and Bukit Kayu Hitam. The ‘government’ will compensate the toll operators RM45 mil per year for these losses.
Hey, where is the money coming from?
I could go on and on but I haven’t digested all of the budget info as yet.
I would like to see if PAKATAN RAKYAT has an alternative budget, other than the one related to reduction of fuel prices.