Barriers to Healthcare at affordable rates to non-citizen children with either parent Malaysian

Proposer:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Affiliations:

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

Policy Code:

2e Child

Problem Statement / Issue:

1. Non-citizen children of a Malaysian parent are designated as foreigners in public medical
facilities, which carry additional fees compared to citizens as per the 2016 amendments to
the Fees Act (Medical) 1951. This leaves children in vulnerable positions when their guardian
is unable to afford these higher rates.
2. Two classifications of non-citizen children who are allowed to enjoy health care services
alike to citizens: those born in Malaysia under the age of 12, holding a Malaysian Birth
Certificate and with at least one parent who is a citizen or PR holder, and those under the
age of 18, adopted by Malaysian parents and with certified adoption papers.

Value(s) and Belief(s):

In the best interest of the child, all non-citizen children should have access to vaccinations and
health care at similar rates as Malaysian children.

Proposal of Solution and Call to Action:

1. Allow all children (up to the age of 18) with either parent Malaysian to access public
healthcare with the same rate as Malaysians, upon provision of the Malaysian parent’s IC.
This includes children born overseas to Malaysians who may not hold a Malaysian Birth
Certificate.
2. Provide healthcare services for undocumented or stateless children.
3. Grant vaccinations and immunisation programmes free-of-charge to non-citizen children,
and maternal care for the mother.
4. Include non-citizen children in the national school system in the regular school health,
dental check-ups, and other initiatives of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

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