1. Patient Dialysis Welfare Fund – Under this fund, patients are assisted with RM50 per dialysis treatment for a period of 5 months while waiting for the approval of their RM50 subsidy from the Ministry of Health, so that they pay only RM40 per dialysis treatment.
2. Hardcore Poor Fund – This is a full subsidy for NKF’s very poor patients who cannot afford to pay for their dialysis fees due to various circumstances such as unemployment, lack of support from family members, abandonment and poverty. A socio-economic report from the Medical Social Worker/District Social Welfare Officer on applicant is required to ascertain his financial status. The amount is RM90 per dialysis treatment before the approval of their MOH subsidy and RM40 after the approval of their MOH subsidy.
3. Erythropoietin Fund – This fund is to assist poor patients with anemia obtain the necessary treatment, and is based on the prescription/recommendation of NKF’s consultant nephrologists.
4. Patient Transport Subsidy – High transport costs are a burden to patients, their families and friends to meet their travel needs to and from the dialysis centres three times a week,especially for those staying in areas where public transport is non-existent,lacking or not reliable. This subsidy helps to ensure that very poor patients do not default on their dialysis treatment due to transport problems.
5. Patient Vascular Access Subsidy – This subsidy is to help poor patients pay for the Insertion of their vascular catheter/permcath, creation of new Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)/Arteriovenous Graft (AVG) and repair of their AVF/AVG in government or private hospitals/centres/clinics as recommended by NKF’s consultant nephrologists. This was in view of the long waiting period for AVF/AVG/BCF surgery in government hospitals.
6. Patient Relief Subsidy – This subsidy is to help poor patients who have multiple health problems and other complications pay for the various health supplements which they need but cannot afford, including Oral Nutrition Support such as Renal Nova (Nestle) or Nepro HP (Abbot). This fund can also be used for the payment of ambulance fees, hospitalization/treatment/ surgeries,and other medical and social emergencies.
7. Children’s Educational Welfare Fund – Various organisations help NKF to provide for the educational expenses of patient’s school-going children especially at the end of each year in preparation for the new academic year.
Note: Application for the above subsidies must be made through the Centre Managers/Staff Nurses In – Charge of NKF’s Dialysis Centres.