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Poor public transport service to KL

Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic was set up near Jalan Fletcher, at a cost of RM50 million, on April 3, 2017, to provide multiple healthcare services like outpatient, dental, pediatric and maternity specialist; rehabilitation, x-ray, laboratory, and pharmacy to ease the congestion at the outpatient department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) by replacing it.

The main cause of stress among the lower and middle-income bracket patients at Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic is the lack of public transportation services.This owes to the secluded location of the clinic, creating a security risk by compelling the patients to walk for about 400metres from the nearest bus station located at the National Heart Institute (IJN) to the clinic.

Christine Lee, 56 with chronic joint problems, was completely reliant on transportation services as her ailment required her to visit the clinic twice every week.She expressed her grief regarding the location of the clinic far away from any kind of transportation like monorail, bus service or light rail transit (LRT), stating that a young patient won't feel the pain as much as she does because of her age.

A 40-year shop attendant Rohaya Shamsuddin has to spend as much as RM20 to take 2 connecting LRT and a taxi to reach the clinic for treatment of her skin problems.

A 54-year old housewife Siti Salmah Wahab stated that to visit HKL she used to travel by monorail to Chow kit station and then on foot but to reach Kuala Lumpur Health Clinic she had to totally rely on her husband to take her to the clinic on his bike for regular examination as she had high blood pressure problem.

60-year old K. Kannan, is of a similar opinion, expressed his hope regarding the establishment of a shuttle bus service so that the lower income group of the society can easily avail the healthcare services without facing any kind of financial hardship.

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