A company can settle a dispute between a person and a health care provider or health care practitioner by agreeing to pay a settlement fund, according to a Malaysian law enforcement official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the law was adopted in June to help medics who had been treated by doctors who have been accused of fraud.
The law, which was passed in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, requires medics to receive a settlement to avoid being jailed for two years or more.
Malaysia’s government is trying to stem the wave of frauds, which have killed more than 3,500 people in the past three years.
The country is grappling with rising healthcare costs, rising healthcare expenses and declining revenues, as well as rising corruption and social tensions.
A Malaysian health care worker helps a patient at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 13, 2018.
Malawi has also implemented a sweeping anti-corruption program that targets health care workers and health facilities, but has yet to curb fraud.