02 July 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 (Bernama) -- In a move to improve the lives of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) sufferers, the health ministry plans to engage Bank Negara to enable insurance reimbursement for sleep-related investigation, surgery and crucial rehabilitation.
The minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said sleep disorders were currently not covered by insurance companies in the country.
"The health ministry views seriously the critical danger that sleep disorders pose to the people, and is committed to improving the lives of many sufferers of OSA and other sleep disorders," he told reporters after opening the Joint Fourth Malaysian International PRL-HNS Congress and Inagural Sleep Congress here Thursday.
He said the ministry also planned to conduct screening for OSA among drivers of public transport vehicle, and renewal of their licenses would depend on their adherence to the treatment.
"Current drivers who are found to have OSA will be treated before they are allowed to continue driving," he said, adding that those with moderate-to-severe OSA were seven times more likely to have multiple accidents.
This article was published in www.bernama.com/ on 28 June 2012.