Malaysian healthcare numbers are rather shocking and here’s what you need to know.
- According to a survey by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the rate of diabetes among Malaysian adults has increased alarmingly from 13.4 percent in 2015 to 18.3 percent in 2019.
- The rate of obesity among Malaysian adults increased from 17.7 percent in 2015 to 19.7 percent in 2019.
- A whopping 6.4 million Malaysians were living with hypertension in 2019.
Alarmingly, as the health condition of Malaysians deteriorates, the cost of healthcare is steadily increasing year after year at a rate exceeding 12 percent per annum. Malaysians are currently facing a high risk of financial constraints if they are hit with a health problem.
Here are five simple yet highly effective ways to prioritise your health and wealth at all times.
Eat healthily and practice an active lifestyle. We agree that it is tricky to navigate through the hundreds of delicious Malaysian local dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, you can start by eating a balanced diet. Incorporate fruits and vegetables in your meals, drink enough water, reduce sugar intake, increase highly nutritious food such as grains and legumes.
If your work requires you to sit for prolonged periods, you may be living a sedentary lifestyle. Aim to do stretches, take the stairs instead of lifts, and exercise 3-5 days per week to ensure your body functions at its best!
Practice a healthy work-life balance. It is easy to get caught in the rat race and neglect a healthy work-life balance. Unfortunately, this may impact your health in the long run. Some of the common health issues faced by office workers are:
- Back problems due to bad posture.
- Eye strain caused by prolonged staring at screens.
- Common illnesses such as cough, flu, and fever as a result of being cooped up indoors for hours.
One easy way to deal with these problems and to safeguard your finances is by choosing the right medical card. For instance, AXA’s eMedic card comes with affordable individual and family plan options. You can apply for the card online and get protected with an annual limit of up to RM100,000.
Plan for the future to prevent financial setbacks for you and your family. The bitter reality of life is that anything can happen anytime. Unprepared, you might leave your family without any backup plans for their future. Hence, the best way is to prepare yourself financially by choosing suitable life insurance.
Life insurance will protect your family in cases of death and Total Permanent Disability (TPD). The beneficiary will receive a lump-sum payment from the insurance company and can be used to deal with immediate and long term financial burdens.
Check out AXA’s Life Protection Plans and always remember to choose the one that best suits your needs!
Safeguard yourself and your family against critical illnesses. Critical illnesses such as cancer, heart attack, and stroke can be fatal, and shockingly, these critical illnesses can even affect youngsters and those who are active. The recovery period is long and may put you in financial hardship if you are required to stay home for recovery.
If you have critical illness insurance to rely on, you would be easing the hardship for you and your family. For instance, AXA’s Comprehensive Critical Illness Plan covers up to 110 critical illnesses and provides an additional 100% payout for cancer-related illnesses.
Rest and relax to prioritise your mental health. Lately, the issue of mental health has taken over social media platforms due to the rise in anxiety and depression levels among teenagers and adults. Well, it is indeed important to allocate enough rest, relax, and recharge time in between work and other responsibilities to avoid burnouts.
For instance, you can read a book, play sports, go for massages, watch movies, and catch up with friends to feel better!
AXA’s affordable eMedic Card. Starting from as low as RM37 per month, the eMedic Card makes your life easy and convenient. First of all, you can apply for the card and make payments online. Next, there is no compulsory medical check-up to get approved. More interestingly, there is a 5% discount for the annual payment and family plan. Some of the interesting features of the eMedic Card include:
- No lifetime limit.
- Renewable till age 80.
- Life protection bundle.
- Annual limit up to RM100,000.
- Payment-free hospital admission.
- Covers children from 15 days old to adults of 49 years old.
- Covers expats, professionals, and dependents.
Register for your eMedic Card online and enjoy affordable protection right away!