Tun Hussein Eye Hospital To Increase Revenue By 2018 Via Partnership With Angkasa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21(Bernama) -- The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) aims to increase its revenue next year to RM59 millionfrom RM34 million recorded in 2016viaitspartnership with the Malaysian National Cooperative Movement (Angkasa).

THES Capital Sdn Bhd, a memberof THONEH,todaysigned a memorandum of agreement with Angkasaunder which the hospital would provide eye care services toeight million Angkasa members at a discount of at least eight per cent.

THES Chief Executive OfficerZaki Mohd Zakariasaid the two-year partnership was in line with the hospital's mission to educate Malaysians on the importance of eye care.

Hesaidthe hospital would increasethe number of doctors, fromthe current 16 to 31.

Meanwhile, Angkasa President Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah said the cooperative would usesome of its budget allocation to conduct campaigns to raise awareness about eye care among members.

"Under the partnership, our members will get an exclusive loyalty card for free, which would allow them to go for eye check-ups as a preventive measure, among other things,"he said.

On another note, Abdul Fattah said Angkasawas requesting the government to consider amending the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998, to make it easier for relevant cooperatives to get involved in providing healthcare services.

"The Act does not acknowledge cooperatives as business entities, therefore,cooperatives would have to establish a subsidiary if they wishto get involved in healthcare services.

"This would take time and increase costand we wouldusually lose our chance to collaborate,"he said, adding that he hoped the government would consider amending the Act to recognise cooperatives as service entities, making it easier for them to participate in the healthcare sector.