Sarawak healthcare system

The health services provided by the Sarawak Health Department are delivered through a network of static and mobile facilities that provide promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative care. The Department has 22 hospitals, 235 health clinics, 25 1Malaysia clinics, 30 main/specialist dental clinics, 153 school dental clinics, 92 mobile health teams, 9 Flying Doctor Service teams, 65 mobile dental squads, and 7 Divisional Pharmaceutical stores.

Medical Care Services in Sarawak are provided through twenty-two hospitals which are located in major towns within the State. The twenty-two hospitals comprise:

One with major speciality and full sub-speciality services (Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching)
Three with basic speciality and between 2 to 6 sub-specialty services (Sibu, Miri and Bintulu Hospitals)
Three with minor speciality services (Sarikei, Kapit and Limbang Hospitals),
Thirteen non-specialist hospitals, and
Two special institutions (Sentosa [Psychiatric] Hospital and Rajah Charles Brooke Memorial [formerly Leprosarium] Hospital)

The backbone of the government primary health care delivery system in Sarawak is the static health clinic facilities and mobile units. The static facilities cover about 70% of the population and its mobile units of Village Health Teams and the Flying Doctor Service have increased access to almost 90%. In 1983 Sarawak State Health Department has also introduced a village health volunteer scheme known as the Village Health Promoter Programme, to enable basic health care to be provided to remote areas on a more continual basis.

Sarawak has a two-tier referral system where cases requiring further treatment are referred from clinics to hospitals. Only those who need specialist care are referred to specialist clinics in the larger hospitals.
Sarawak has a total of 235 health clinics and 25 1Malaysia clinics.
Health clinics function as “one-stop” family health centres, providing an integrated service comprising maternal & child care, general outpatient care and environmental sanitation. All clinics in the rural areas have rest beds and birthing facilities to encourage safe delivery among rural mothers.
The type of health facility in an area depends on the daily attendances they receive.




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