Malaysians Need Mental Healthcare Insurance Coverage

Malaysians Need Mental Healthcare Insurance Coverage

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RAMESH KUMAR started this petition to Ministry of Health Malaysia and

Mental Health Insurance Coverage.

Based on statistics from the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, about 4.2 million Malaysians aged 16 and above, or 29.2% of the population, suffered from various mental problems. This was an increase of 11.2% compared to 2006. A survey done in 2017 on mental health among youths also revealed that one of five adolescents felt depressed; two out of five felt anxious; 11.2% had suicidal ideas and 10.1% had attempted suicide. In 2017, the State of Adolescents Mental Health in Mal­aysia found that for the age group of 13 to 17, 17.7% of females and 18.9% of males were depressed. Besides that, 42.3% of females and 37.1% of males were anxious, while 10.3% of females and 8.9% of males were stressed.

There is a growing concerns over mental health issue. Malaysia Psychiatric Association suggested that insurance coverage be made available for mental healthcare and treatment. Im pleading to all Malaysian to support my petition to send the message to the Government of Malaysia, Ministry of Health, Bank Negara Malaysia, Life Association of Malaysia (LIAM) and all Insurance company to look into this matter seriously to provide insurance coverage for mental healthcare and treatment.

One of the insurance company in Malaysia has started to offer coverage for 6 mental health conditions: Major Depressive Disorders, Post-Partum Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome. Hope other insurance companies will consider the same or even more coverage. 

This petition will create awareness among Malaysians and also to let the Insurers and authorities know that this is serious and urgent matter to look into.

Thank You,

With Hope For  A Better Protection For Malaysians, 

RK Mesh (#BeAssured)

 

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