New Incentives for Malaysian Docs
Looks like our health minister is making a lot of difference so far...well done. As reported in the Star today :
All government doctors and health service personnel will enjoy greater benefits, effective Jan 1 this year, under a move to retain them and attract new employees.
For doctors, the incentives include their employment being extended to age 65 and tax-exempted allowances.
A new salary scheme is to be implemented for paramedics, nurses, medical trainers and science officers who are degree holders, while diploma holders have a chance to work their way up to a higher pay scale.
# 298 promotional posts for specialists have been created and are to be filled over the next five years – 40% of the posts are reserved for specialists in basic disciplines and 60% for sub-specialists; and all those promoted will qualify for a newly introduced special grade salary scale;
# A NEW category of “super doctors” to allow non-specialist doctors to be put on the special grade salary scale and to continue to practise medicine without having to become administrators;
# SPECIAL Bahasa Malaysia language tests for doctors who did not pass the Bahasa Malaysia paper in SPM so that more doctors can be confirmed in service;
# OUT-OF-OFFICE tax-exempt allowance; and:
# ABOUT RM1,000 more per month for housemen.