NILAI MEDICAL LAUNCHES NMCARES
Nilai Medical Centre (Nilai Medical) on 8 July 2020 launched its NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme with an RM8 million allocation to be disbursed over a five-year period to alleviate the treatment costs of Malaysian cancer-stricken patients from the low- and middle-income groups.
“At Nilai Medical, we understand the emotional struggles of cancer patients, their families and loved ones go through. Many are especially concerned about the financial commitment needed for their cancer treatment. This is where we believe we can make a difference. We want Malaysians to know that when cancer strikes, they are not alone. Our NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme is designed for those who need a helping hand in their time of need,” said Jasmine Lau, Chief Executive Officer of Nilai Medical.
Lau emphasised that the NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme serves as an important expression of Nilai Medical’s legacy as a pioneer and long-standing cancer treatment facility. It was previously known as the NCI Cancer Hospital prior to its expansion to a full-fledged multi-disciplinary medical hospital. Today, Nilai Medical caters to the comprehensive healthcare needs of the community and its team of experienced oncologists continue to offer quality care and the latest cancer treatment options.
Cancer patients who qualify for the NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme will be able to apply for assistance to cover costs for their radiotherapy treatment.
The NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme was also launched in collaboration with the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) to reach a broader spectrum of cancer patients needing financial assistance. “We welcome this unique opportunity to work with Nilai Medical to highlight this avenue of help and hope for cancer patients needing financial assistance for their treatment.
This initiative certainly supports our organisation’s mission to provide education, care and support services to cancer patients and their caregivers. With its long-term disbursement plan, we believe the programme is sustainable and will go a long way to help those in need,” said Dr. Murallitharan Munisamy, General Manager & Medical Director of National Cancer Society Malaysia.
Lau also highlighted that the hospital recognised the growing need to ensure the best possible care management for cancer patients and their caregivers during the highly charged and emotive cancer treatment journey. In response, Nilai Medical has mounted a team of WeCare Ambassadors who will serve as programme counsellors to onboard qualifying patients into the NMCares Cancer Assistance Programme. Theywill also act as a key contact for cancer patients as they journey along in their treatment programme.
“The cancer journey is never easy. At Nilai Medical, aside from driving excellence in oncology, we wish to complement the treatment process with empathy and solidarity. This can reduce the anguish that patients are already going through. Making the journey ahead simpler, smoother and engaging can help patients focus on the treatment experience and stay positive. Certainly, quality holistic healthcare is what we aim to offer everyone who walks through our doors,” concluded Lau.
To mark the launch, Nilai Medical is also offering complimentary Cancer Screening Package to 200 new patients on a first-come, first-served basis.