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Brief Biography of Kai-Lit Phua

B.A. (cum laude)  Public Health & Population Studies (Rochester)
Minor in Biology
M.A., Ph.D.Sociology (Medical Sociology) (Johns Hopkins) FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute)

Former Vice-President,Malaysian Social Science Association Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia/ Malaysian Social Science Association

Former President, MUMASA (Monash University Malaysia Academic Staff Association), 2011 and 2012

E-mail address: phuakl@hotmail.com Dr Phua has worked as Programmer/Analyst and Research Statistician VI for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (USA) and as Assistant Manager, Managed Healthcare Department with a leading Singaporean insurance company with ties to the NTUC (National Trades Union Congress of Singapore). While an undergraduate student, he worked part-time as a microbiology lab technician. Dr Phua has also taught medical sociology, biostatistics, epidemiology and public health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of Monash University Malaysia. Prior to this, he taught community medicine (medical sociology, statistics, public health) at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur and sociology, political science and public health in Klang and Melaka.
Dr Phua holds professional qualifications from the insurance industry (FLMI)
and serves as an advisor on health policy matters to a major political party in Malaysia.
He co-edits e-THOUGHT (an electronic
"journal of opinion" on Malaysian and international affairs).He serves regularly as one of the main lecturers for the Ministry of Health of Malaysia's staff course "Introduction to Health Economics and Healthcare Financing".

Dr Phua is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment.


Phua giving a presentation at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2006)
"I hope you find my website helpful as well as interesting!"


Lynas rare earth extraction plant = operating (and polluting) in the Kuantan area since 2013
Say "NO!" to this attempt by a corporate polluter to turn Malaysia into a
PERMANENT dump site for toxic and radioactive wastes!


Source: Loyar Buruk website

Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas website
Video on the experience of Baotou, China with the environmental devastation and harm to public health caused by rare earth metals production Video on health problems linked to the use of cyanide compounds at the gold mine in Bukit Koman, Raub, Malaysia Latest threat to the health of the people of Kuantan - bauxite mining and contamination of water by mercury *****************************
"SHAME on all the cowardly bureaucrats who succumbed to pressure
from greedy and socially irresponsible politicians by approving the
Lynas rare earth extraction plant project, and allowing illegal bauxite mining to take place.
YOU are all morally responsible for the damage
to the health and welfare of the hundreds of
thousands of innocent people that will result from your
TOTAL LACK OF SPINE and your GREED and SOCIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY!"
Phua Kai Lit (February 1, 2012 and February 1, 2016)

"The most important reasons for the uniquely high costs of the US health system are its
commercialization and the effects of business incentives on the provision of care.
The US has the only health system in the developed world that is so much owned by investors
and in which medical care has become a commodity in trade rather than a right."
Arnold Relman (2010)

"Gradually, it seemed like every single public enterprise was being privatized. We have seen
privatization or proposed privatization of water, of public utilities, of healthcare,
education, toll roads, public transport and even of the public waste disposal system. These are privatized
to cronies of the ruling groups without any transparency and accountability.
It was said that running many of these public-service orientated departments
like proper businesses would improve efficiency via competition, and ultimately
service quality and even pricing. But all that is only theory, preached from the pulpit
of capitalist and free-market ideology.In reality and practice, Malaysia and
Penang’s experiment and experience with privatization has only brought inflated pricing
for public services, from water bills to bus fares as lucrative contracts were
doled out to inefficient cronies of the entrenched ruling elites."
Prof P. Ramasamy (2011)
"The real challenge of health policy is how to use resources to provide medical and
social services that meet the legitimate wants of citizens at costs
citizens are prepared to pay."
Theodore Marmor and Claus Wendt (2012)

Introduction to Social Democracy

Social Democracy and the Economy

History of Social Democracy

Social Democracy and Progressive Health Policy

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PHUA'S PUBLICATIONS
Books
Public Health Health Care Financing Statistics Public Policy Malaysiana
Book Covers
1. Mohd. Hazim Shah, Jomo K.S. and K.L. Phua eds. "New Perspectives in Malaysian Studies" (Kuala Lumpur: PSSM 2002) 2. Mohd. Hazim Shah and K.L. Phua eds. "Public Policy, Culture and the Impact of Globalisation in Malaysia" (Kuala Lumpur: PSSM 2004) 3. K.L. Phua and K.S. Soo "What's Ahead for Malaysia? Current Challenges and Emerging Trends" (Subang Jaya: Pelanduk Publications 2004) 4. K.C. Wong and K.L. Phua "Statistics Made Simple for Healthcare and Social Science Professionals and Students" (Serdang: UPM Press 2006) To view this book 5. K.L. Phua ed. "Malaysia: Public Policy and Marginalised Groups" (Kuala Lumpur: PSSM 2007) 6. K.L. Phua and Y.L. Wong "Medical Sociology:Key Concepts and Issues" (Singapore: Cengage Learning 2008) 7. K.F. Quek and K.L. Phua How to Use Statistical Tests to Analyse and Interprete Your Data: A Step-by-Step Approach for Non-Statisticians" (Lulu, on-line publisher) (Available in hardcopy format & e-book format) 8. K.L. Phua and K.H. Phua "Health Economics: An Introduction for Biomedical and Other Health Professionals" (Penang: USM Press 2009)(A short introduction to health economics for health professionals with little background in economics) 9. K.L. Phua "Short Notes on Progressive Health Economics, 2016" (FREE BOOK for you to download, written as a public service) 10. K.L. Phua "Introduction to Progressive Political Science, 2017 Second Edition" (FREE BOOK for you to download and distribute, written as a public service) 11. K.L. Phua and Y.L. Wong "Medical Sociology:Key Concepts and Issues" (second edition) (Singapore: Cengage Learning 2017) 12. K.L. Phua "Leading Issues in Health Policy, 2017"(FREE BOOK for you to download and distribute, written as a public service) 13. K.L. Phua Basic Sociology for Ordinary Citizens, 2017(FREE BOOK for you to download and distribute, written as a public service)

Other Books 1. FREE BOOK (free download in pdf format, written as a public service): K.L. Phua "After 50 Years of Independence: What We All Can Do For a Better Malaysia" Articles 1. M.H. Fox, K.L. Phua and J.P. Weiner "Effects of Medicaid Payment Levels On Access to Obstetrical Care" Health Affairs 11(4):150-161 (Winter 1992) 2. M.H. Fox and K.L. Phua "Using Medicaid Claims Data to Evaluate a Large Physician Fee Increase" Health Services Research 29(3):315-340 (August 1994) 3. M.H. Fox and K.L. Phua "Do Increases in Payments for Deliveries Also Increase Prenatal Care for Medicaid Mothers?" Public Health Reports 110(3):319-326 (May-June 1995) 4. K.L. Phua "HMOs and Managed Care in Malaysia" Buletin Kesihatan Masyarakat Isu Khas 2000:167-175 5. K.L. Phua "Corporatization and Privatization of Public Services: Origins and Rise of a Controversial Concept" Akademika 58:45-57 (Jan 2001) 6. K.L. Phua "Borrowing from the Managed Care Toolkit to Increase Efficiency in Public Hospitals" Buletin Kesihatan Masyarakat Isu Khas 2001:196-202 7. K.L. Phua "Globalisation and Public Health: Economic Aspects" Jurnal Kesihatan Masyarakat Isu Khas 2002:27-33 8. K.L. Phua "Commercial Health Insurance Plans in Malaysia" Malaysian J of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 2(2):43-46 2002 9. C.L. Teng et al. "Antibiotic Prescription in Klinik Kesihatan Seremban" Medical J of Malaysia, Vol. 57(Supp/D):FP3-5 2002 10. K.B. Chua et al. "Seroprevalence of Malassezia furfur in an Urban Population in Malaysia" Malaysian J of Pathology, Vol. 25(1):49-56 2003 11. P.C.Y. Chen and K.L. Phua "Equity in Health Care in Developing Countries" Jurnal Kesihatan Masyarakat, Jilid 9:1-11 2003 12. Z.W. Abas, N. Shamsuddin and K.L. Phua "How Prepared are Malaysian Nurses for Online Distance Learning?" Proceedings of the Informing Science + Information Technology Joint Conference, Pori, Finland, 24-27 June 2003 13. K.L. Phua "The Human Genome Project: What are the Implications for Ethics and Social Equity?" Critical Public Health, Vol. 14(2):191-200 2004 14. C.L. Teng et al. "General and URTI-Specific Antibiotic Prescription Rates in a Malaysian Primary Care Setting" International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 24:496-501 2004 15. K.L. Phua "An Exploratory Study of Noteworthy Online Versions of Anglo-American Intellectual Journals of Opinion" Akademika 64:143-148 (Jan 2004) 16. K.L. Phua "World Trade Organization (WTO) Negotiations: Possible Effects on Health and Health Services in Malaysia" Jurnal Kesihatan Masyarakat, Jilid 10:7-13 2004 17. K.L. Phua and L.K. Lee "Meeting the Challenge of Epidemic Disease Outbreaks: An Agenda for Research" Journal of Public Health Policy, Vol. 26(1):122-132 2005 18. Noor Hidayah Ishak et al. "Health-Related Outcomes of Tsunami Victims Residing in the Coastal Areas of the Northeast District of Penang, Malaysia" Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 5(2):15-18) 2005 19. K.L. Phua "A Model for Lessening the Negative Impact of Natural Disasters and Infectious Disease Outbreaks" Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 4(5):69-74 2006 20. K.L. Phua "The Japanese Experience with Population Ageing and the Financing of Social Security, Health and Other Social Services for the Elderly: Lessons for Other Nations" Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 34(4):618-629 2006 21. C.L. Teng et al. "Modifying Antibiotic Prescribing: The Effectiveness of Academic Detailing Plus Information Leaflet in a Malaysian Primary Care Setting" Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 61(3):323-331 2006 22. K.C. Leong et al. "The Use of Text Messaging to Improve Attendance in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial" Family Practice, Vol. 23(6):699-705 2006 23. S. Barraclough and K.L. Phua "Health Imperatives in Foreign Policy: The Case of Malaysia" Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 85(3):225-229 2007 24. K.L. Phua and F. Achike "Vioxx and Other Pharmaceutical Product Withdrawals: Ethical Issues in Ensuring the Integrity of Drug and Medical Device Research, Development and Commercialisation" Clinical Ethics, Vol. 2(3):155-162 2007 25. K.L. Phua "Greying Malaysians: Strategies for Promoting and Supporting Healthy and Productive Ageing" Jurnal Kesihatan Masyarakat, Vol. 13(1):16-21 2007 26. K.L. Phua "Cross-Border Medical Tourism: A Typology and Agenda for Research in the South-East Asian Region" ASEAN Journal on Hospitality and Tourism, Vol. 7(2): 169-177 2008 27. K.L. Phua "Post-Disaster Victimization: How Survivors of Disasters Can Continue to Suffer After the Event is Over" New Solutions, Vol. 18(2):221-231 2008 28. K.L. Phua and S. Barraclough "Towards a Green Public Health" Environmental Health, Vol. 9(1&2):80-85 2009 29. K.L. Phua "Fighting the Battle Against Infectious Diseases: Contributions of Selected Social Science Disciplines" Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment, Vol. 2:5-9 2009 30. K.L. Phua "Does the Granting of Legal Privileges as an Indigenous People Help to Reduce Health Disparities? Evidence from New Zealand and Malaysia" Pacific Health Dialog, Vol. 15(2):117-127 2009 31. K.L. Phua "The Nipah Virus Outbreak in Malaysia and its Aftermath" Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 8(1):77-80 2010 32. K.L. Phua "Can We Learn From History? Policy Responses and Strategies to Meet Health Care Needs in Times of Severe Economic Crisis" The Open Public Health Journal, Vol. 4:1-5 2011 33. K.L. Phua and S. Barraclough "A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Market: Privatization in Malaysia and its Effects on the Healthcare System" Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 29:229-242 2011 34. K.L. Phua and S. Saraswati "Lynas Corporation's Rare Earth Extraction Plant in Gebeng, Malaysia:
A Case Report on the Ongoing Saga of People Power versus State-Backed Corporate Power"
Journal of Environmental Engineering and Ecological Science, Vol. 1:1-5 2012 35. K.L. Phua "Ethical Dilemmas in Protecting Individual Rights Versus Public Protection
in the Case of Infectious Diseases"
Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment, Vol. 6:1-5 2013 36. K.L. Phua and J.W. Hue "Ethical Dilemmas Related to Predictions and Warnings of Impending Natural Disaster" American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Vol. 8(4):243-252 2013 37. K.L. Phua "Harm to the Health of the Public Arising from Aggressive Marketing
and Sales of Health-Related Products and Services" Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 32:199-212 2014 38. K.L. Phua, J.C. Chong, R. Elangovan, Y.X. Liew, H.M. Ng, Y.W. Seow "Public and Private Hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia: How Do They Fare in Terms of Accessibility for the Physically Disabled?" Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol. 19(1):43-50 2014 39. K.L. Phua, S.W.H. Ling and K.H. Phua "Public-Private Partnerships in Health in Malaysia: Lessons for Policy Implementation" International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 37(8):506-513 2014 40. K.L. Phua "Measuring Health System Performance: A Critique, with Proposals for Improving on the WHO "Building Blocks Framework" The Open Public Health Journal, Vol. 7:12-15 2014 41. K.L. Phua and J.W. Hue "The Impact of Prolonged Economic Crises and Economic Downturns on the Nursing Profession" Nursing Economics, Vol. 33(4): 227-232 2015 42. K.L. Phua "The Health of Malaysia's "Orang Asli" Peoples: A Review of the Scientific Evidence on Nutritional Outcome, Parasite Infestations, and Discussion on Implications for Clinical Practice" Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 15(1): 83-90 2015 43. K.L. Phua ""Redesigning healthcare systems to meet the health challenges associated with climate change in the 21st century" Journal of Emergency Management, Vol.13(3): 255-264 2015 44. K.L. Phua "Meeting the Challenge of Ebola Virus Disease in a Holistic Manner by Taking into Account Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors: The Experience of West Africa" Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment, Vol. 8:39-44 2015 45. J.M.Y. Loo and K.L. Phua "Gambling Participation and Policies in Malaysia" Asian J of Gambling Issues and Public Health, Vol. 6:3 2016 46. K.L. Phua and S. Barraclough "Countering Opposition, Generating Doubt and Mobilizing Support in Rare Earth Metals-Related Environmental Conflict in Malaysia" J of Political Ecology, Vol. 23:296-307 2016 47. K.L. Phua "The Promotion of Cross-Border Medical Tourism in Developing Countries: Economic Growth at the Expense of Healthcare System Efficiency and Cost Containment? The Open Public Health Journal, Vol. 9:98-105 2016 48. K.L. Phua "Rare Earth Plant in Malaysia: Governance, Green Politics and Geopolitics" Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 5(3):443-462 2016 Book Chapter 1. K.L. Phua "Globalisation: Possible Effects on Health and the Health Sector in Malaysia". In Mohd. Hazim Shah and K.L. Phua eds. "Public Policy, Culture and the Impact of Globalisation in Malaysia" (Kuala Lumpur: PSSM 2004) 2. K.L. Phua "The Organisation and Financing of Social Security, Health and Other Social Services for the Elderly in Japan: Lessons for Malaysia" in "Power, Purpose, Process, and Practice in Asia: The Work of the 2003/2004 API Fellows" (Tokyo: Nippon Foundation 2006) pp. 214 - 222 3. K.L. Phua "Rising Health Care Costs: The Contradictory Responses of the Malaysian State". In Chee Heng Leng and Simon Barraclough eds. "Healthcare in Malaysia" (London: Routledge 2007) pp. 59 - 71 4. S. Barraclough and K.L. Phua "Health Care Policy Change in Malaysia: An Uncertain and Contested Agenda" In K.L. Phua ed. "Malaysia: Public Policy and Marginalised Groups" (Kuala Lumpur: PSSM 2007) pp. 15-30 5. S. Barraclough and K.L. Phua "Malaysia: The Consumer Voice in the Policy Process" In: H. Lofgren, E. de Leeuw and M. Leahy eds. "Democratizing Health: Consumer Groups in the Policy Process". (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 2011) pp. 161 - 176 6. K.L. Phua "Disaster Management: The Socioeconomic Dimension" In: R. Arora and P. Arora eds. "Disaster Management: Medical Preparedness, Response and Homeland Security" (Wallingford, UK: CABI 2013) pp. 604 - 612 7. K.H. Phua and K.L. Phua "Impact of Economic Crises on Health: Past Evidence and Policy Implications for Asia" In: J. Yeung and M.T. Yap eds. "Economic Stress, Human Capital, and Families in Asia: Policy and Research Challenges" (New York: Springer 2013) pp. 221 - 239 Letters to the Editor 1. M.H. Fox and K.L. Phua "Pediatricians Participating in Medicaid" J. of the American Med Assoc 268(23):3314 (Dec 16, 1992) 2. K.L. Phua "On Non-Diseases and Medicalisation" British Medical Journal 2002(324) (April 16, 2002) 3. K.L. Phua "Some Thoughts on the Indian Ocean Tsunami (Tidal Waves) of Late December 2004" Journal of Public Health Policy 2005 4. K.L. Phua "The Brody-Light 'Inverse Benefit Law': Some Missing Elements" American Journal of Public Health (Feb 22, 2011) Book Reviews 1. K.L. Phua "The Chinese in Malaysia" Akademika 58:121-123 (Jan 2001) 2. K.L. Phua "Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs Behind the Man" New Political Science 23(3):463-464 (Sept 2001) 3. K.L. Phua "Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-1960" Asian Journal of Social Science 30(1):181-183 (March 2002) 4. K.L. Phua "The Handbook of Inequality and Socioeconomic Position" Radical Statistics 96:125-126 2008 5. K.L. Phua "Disasters Without Borders" Human Rights Review 15: 499-500 (October 2014) 6. K.L. Phua "Global Health Governance in International Relations" Human Rights Review 16: 65-68 (March 2015) Other Articles 1. K.L. Phua "Worldbeat Music: A Selective Survey and Discussion of Associated Socioeconomic Issues" Social Science Paper Publisher, Vol. 5, Issue 2 December 2002 2. K.L. Phua "Changing Family Dynamics in Malaysia and Singapore" Social Science Paper Publisher, Vol. 4, Issue 2 October 2001 3. P.C.Y. Chen, L.K. Lee and K.L. Phua "Case Study of Malaysia" Background Paper (unpublished paper) prepared for the World Bank's project on public health systems as organized by M. Das Gupta and P. Khaleghian, 2003 4. K.L. Phua "How to Make the Learning of Statistics Interesting, Fun and Personally Relevant" Radical Statistics, 95:4-9 2007 5. K.L.Phua Kuantan The Ant Daily, July 4 2015 Unrefereed Articles 1. K.L. Phua "Who Says Organization Theory is Boring?" CEO Refresher, August 2001 2. K.L. Phua "Singapore's Manager-Politicians" CEO Refresher, September 2001 3. K.L. Phua "Singapore's Manager-Politicians (Part Two):The Negative Aspects" CEO Refresher, November 2001 4a. K.L. Phua "Needed: New Skills for Professional Success in the Globalized 21st Century" CEO Refresher, April 2002 4b. Above article reprinted in Governance World Watch, Issue 39, April 2002, pp. 9-11 UNPAN (United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance), UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs 4c. Above article reprinted in Accounting World, June 2002 (An official publication of the Inst of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) 5. K.L. Phua "Mission Impossible?" Social Insight 7:29-30 (Fall 2002) 6. K.L. Phua "A Refresher on Employee Health Benefits" CEO Refresher, September 2002 7. K.L. Phua "What Makes a Person Powerful in an Organization?" CEO Refresher, June 2003 8. K.L. Phua The Impact of Environmental Deterioration on Health Article written for the website of the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellows(Malaysian Fellows) 9. K.L. Phua "Tracking the Fallout of the Nipah Virus Outbreak" The Asian Public Intellectuals 18:13 (January 2009) 10. K.L. Phua Should Malaysia Bear the Burden of Australian Radioactive Waste? The Conversation (24 September 2012) PRESENTATIONS 1. Panelist, "Healthcare in Transition" Roundtable Second International Malaysian Studies Conference, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 2-4 August, 1999 2. "HMOs and Managed Care in Malaysia: What Can We Anticipate from the Experience of Singapore and the United States?" (Paper presented at the Sixth National Public Health Colloquium, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Cheras, 5-6 Oct, 1999) 3. "Borrowing from the Managed Care "Toolkit" to Increase Efficiency in Public Hospitals" (Paper presented at the Seventh National Public Health Colloquium, Bangi, 2-3 Oct, 2000) 4. "Regulating Malaysian Managed Care Organisations (MCOs) to Protect the Public Interest" (with Dr Jagmohni Kaur) (Poster presented at the Seventh National Public Health Colloquium, Bangi, 2-3 Oct, 2000) 5. "Broadening the Concept of Globalisation: Medicine and Public Health in Malaysia and Other Developing Countries" (Paper presented at the Third International Malaysian Studies Conference, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, 6-8 August, 2001) 6. "Globalisation and Public Health: Economic Aspects" (Paper presented at the Eight National Public Health Colloquium, Subang Jaya, 9-10 Oct, 2001) 7. "The Malaysian Healthcare System, Socioeconomic Changes and New Business Opportunities" (Invited paper presented at Malaysia Healthcare conference, Kuala Lumpur, 25-26 June, 2002) 8. "Student Academic Misconduct" (Poster presented at 10th Ottawa Conference on Medical Education, Ottawa, 13-16 July, 2002) 9. "Information Needs of Primary Care Practitioners in Negri Sembilan" (with Dr Teng Cheong Lieng et al) (Paper presented at the 6th Family Medicine Specialist Conference, Seremban, 26-29 August, 2002) 10. "Equity in Health Care in Developing Countries" (Invited paper presented at the 9th National Public Health Colloquium, Shah Alam, 24-25 Sept, 2002) 11. "Commercial Health Insurance Plans in Malaysia: A Critical Analysis" (Paper presented at the 9th National Public Health Colloquium, Shah Alam, 24-25 Sept, 2002) 12. "Antibiotic Prescription in Klinik Kesihatan Seremban" (with Dr Teng Cheong Lieng et al) (Paper presented at the 4th Ministry of Health-Academy of Medicine Malaysia Scientific Meeting, Seremban, 10-12 October, 2002) 13. "The Private Sector and Malaysia's Health System" (Paper presented at the IMU Health Policy Forum, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, 8 March, 2003) 14. "Measuring Antibiotic Prescription Rate: Inaccuracy of Prospective Case Recording" (with Dr Teng Cheong Lieng et al) (Paper presented at the 3rd ASEAN Conference in Primary Health Care, Ipoh, 14-16 March, 2003) 15. "How Prepared are Malaysian Nurses for Online Distance Learning?" (with Zoraini Wati Abbas and Nafsiah Shamsuddin (Paper presented at the Informing Science + Information Technology Joint Conference, Pori, Finland, 24-27 June, 2003) 16. "Toward a Sociology of Disease Outbreaks and Other Sudden Health-Threatening Events in the Asia-Pacific Context" (Paper presented at the international Symposium on Global Challenges and Local Response, Singapore, 14-18 March, 2004) 17. "Paying Medical Bills in Malaysia: Is Private Health Insurance the Answer?" (Invited paper presented at the Regional Seminar on Healthcare Financing, Penang, 15 April - 16 April, 2004) 18. "Health Care Policy Change in Malaysia" (with Simon Barraclough) (Paper presented at the Regional Conference on Comparative Health Policy and Reforms in East Asia, Singapore, 6 - 8 September, 2004) 19. "Rising Health Care Costs? An Analysis of the Challenge and the Contradictory Responses of the Malaysian State" (Paper presented at the Workshop on Healthcare in Malaysia, Singapore, 9 - 11 September, 2004) 20. "Presentation of Findings From Research Conducted in Japan as an API Fellow" (Paper presented at the API Workshop, Fukuoka, Japan, 30 November - 5 December, 2004) 21. "Modifying Antibiotic Prescribing: The Effectiveness of Academic Detailing Plus Information Leaflet in the Malaysian Primary Care Setting" (with Teng Cheong Lieng et al) (Paper presented at 39th Singapore-Malaysia Medical Congress, Singapore, 30 June - 3 July, 2005) 22. "Population Ageing and the Organisation and Financing of Social Security, Health and Other Social Services for the Elderly in Japan: Lessons for Malaysia" (Paper presented at the Eleventh National Public Health Colloquium, Kuala Lumpur, 21 September - 22 September, 2005) 23. "Malaysian Government Spending on Health: Too High and Getting Out of Control?" (Workshop presentation at the 37th Summer Seminar on Population, East-West Center, Honolulu,Hawaii, USA 30 May - 29 June, 2006) 24. "Dynamics of Health and Socioeconomic Status of New Zealand Maori and the Malaysian Orang Asli: Does Being Granted Legal Privileges as an Indigenous People Make Any Difference?" (Paper presented at the New Zealand Public Health Association 2007 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand 4 July - 6 July, 2007) 25. "Cross-Border Medical Tourism: A Typology and Implications for the Public and Private Medical Care Sectors in the South-East Asian Region" (Paper presented at the 8th Asia-Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Penang 19-21 November, 2007) 26. "Basics of Health Care Financing" and "Provider Payment Systems" (Invited speaker, Health Economics and Health Care Financing course of the Ministry of Health, Johor Bahru, 2-4 March, 2009) 27. "Basics of Health Care Financing" and "Provider Payment Systems" (Invited speaker, Intensive Workshop on Health Systems in Transition, Kuala Lumpur 29-30 April, 2009) 28. "Can We Learn From History? Policy Responses and Strategies to Meet Health Care Needs in Times of Severe Economic Crisis" (Poster presented at the 15th International Association for Health Policy in Europe Conference, Coventry, UK, 17-20 June, 2009) 29. Lectures on health care financing, payment systems and social insurance (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Penang, 9-13 August, 2009) 30. "Healthcare Services in Malaysia: Are There Differences in Practice, Performance and Cost Between Public and Private Hospitals?" (Invited discussant, Workshop at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, 29-30 June 2010) 31. "A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Market: A Quarter Century of Pursuit of Privatization in Malaysia and its Effects on the Healthcare System" (Paper presented at the 17th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July 2010) 32. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Shah Alam, 19-23 July, 2010) 33. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Port Dickson, 11-15 July, 2011) 34. "Reforming Health Systems Through Marketisation: Comparative Analysis of Effects of Three Decades of Marketisation in England and Malaysia" (Paper presented at the International Association of Health Policy in Europe conference, Ankara, Turkey, 29 Sept to 2 Oct, 2011) 35. Panelist, "Universal Health Care: Can We Guarantee Health for All?" Monash University, Bandar Sunway, 3-4 October, 2011 36. "Cross-Border Medical Tourism: Implications for Health Care" (Invited speaker, 3rd International Conference on Rural Medicine, Kota Kinabalu, 22-24 November, 2011) 37. "The Growth of Cross-Border Medical Tourism: Investigating Possible Impacts on the Health Care Systems of Host (Destination) Countries" (Invited speaker, workshop on "Transnational Mobility and Health Systems in Transition", University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 28 February, 2012) 38. "Rare Earth Extraction Plant Being Built in Gebeng, Malaysia: A Major Southeast Asian Environmental and Public Health Disaster in the Making?" (Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Environmental and Public Health Management, Bangkok, Thailand, 2-4 October, 2012) 39. "Social Democratic Reforms in Addressing Key Health Issues" (Invited discussant, SOCDEM Asia Conference on Universal Health Care, Kuala Lumpur, 28-29 October, 2012) 40. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Perak, 20 November, 2012) 41. "Rare Earth Plant in Malaysia: Governance, Green Politics and Geopolitics" (Invited speaker, workshop on "Global Powers and Local Resources in Southeast Asia: Impacts of International Forces on Local Environment and Society", Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 16-17 January 2013) 42. "Rare Earth Plant in Malaysia: Profits, Politics and Protection of the Environment and Public Health" (Monash University, Sunway Campus, Malaysia, 4 February 2013) 43. "Challenges to Civil Society Participation in Health Policy in Malaysia" (with S. Barraclough and S. Chong) (Presented at the conference on "Health Systems in Asia: Equity, Governance & Social Impact", National University of Singapore, Singapore, 13-16 December 2013) 44. "Public-Private Integration of Health Services in Malaysia" (with K.H. Phua) (Presented at the conference on "Health Systems in Asia: Equity, Governance & Social Impact", National University of Singapore, Singapore, 13-16 December 2013) 45. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, 15 October, 2014) 46. Health policy briefing to Members of Parliament (Parliament of Malaysia, 25 May, 2015) 47. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Port Dickson, 7-8 September, 2015) 48. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Putrajaya, 5 October, 2016) 49. Series of lectures on health care financing, provider payment systems, social insurance, health care cost containment etc (Invited speaker, Introduction to Health Economics course of the Ministry of Health, Melaka, 18 April, 2017) AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS RECEIVED 1. University of Rochester Genesee Scholarship 2. University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship 3. University of Pennsylvania Samuel S. Fels Fellowship 4. Johns Hopkins University Graduate Fellowship 5. Gold Award, National Quality Control Circle Convention, National Productivity Board, Singapore July 1995 6. Nippon Foundation "Asian Public Intellectual" Senior Fellowship 2003 (field research in Japan from 1 July to 27 Sept, 2003) 7. Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Salzburg, Austria September 2004 8. Freeman Foundation Fellowship, Salzburg Seminar Salzburg, Austria June 2005 9. Nippon Foundation "Follow Up Grant" November 2006 10. Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World 11. Monash University Overseas Study Programme (OSP), September 1 to November 30, 2010 (in the United Kingdom) 12. Nippon Foundation Fellowship, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria November 2010 COURSES ATTENDED/ATTENDING 1. World Bank "Flagship Course on Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing" Melaka, 27 March - 8 April, 2000 2. Salzburg Seminar "Session on Multicultural Health" Salzburg, Austria 19 September - 26 September, 2004 3. Eighth Symposium of the Freeman Foundation (invited participant) Salzburg, Austria 13 June - 18 June, 2005 4. SEAMEO-SPAFA and ASEAN Foundation Workshop on "Managing the Integration of Culture into Development Programmes" Manila, Philippines 24 October - 28 October, 2005 5. East-West Center, University of Hawaii 37th Summer Seminar on Population "Communicating with Policymakers on Population and Health" Honolulu,Hawaii, USA 30 May - 29 June, 2006 6. Salzburg Global Seminar "Session on Reforming Healthcare: Maintaining Social Solidarity and Quality in the Face of Economic, Health and Social Challenges" Salzburg, Austria 7 November - 12 November, 2010 (Under sponsorship as a Nippon Foundation fellow) MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER FOR 1. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2. Medical Journal of Malaysia 3. Malaysian Family Physician 4. Asian Journal of Social Science (Singapore) 5. American Journal of Managed Care (USA) 6. Journal of Injury and Violence Research (Iran) 7. Journal of Public Health Policy (USA) 8. International Journal of Peace and Development Studies 9. Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development 10. Singapore Economic Review (Singapore) 11. Education Research Journal 12. Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment 13. BMC Public Health 14. Educational Research 15. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 16. International Journal of Public Administration 17. American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits (USA) 18. Webmed Central Plus 19. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 20. Journal of Healthcare Communications 21. Health Services Insights 22. Health and Medical Economics MEMBER OF EDITORIAL BOARD 1. Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment (Deputy Editor-in-Chief) 2. Journal of Medical Research and Practice MEMBER OF ADVISORY BOARD 1. WebmedCentral Specialty (Public Health) Advisory Board ***************************** ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTERESTS Disasters and public health Infectious disease outbreaks Evidence-based health policy Healthcare financing Public health ethics The social sciences as applied to medicine and public health
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