Rohingya- Maryam Khatu Sayad Hussein, 31, who makes traditional delicacies for a living, said she rarely took her children to the Ampang Hospital nearby because it was “too costly”.
“We are charged more than the local people and it depends on the type of illness. I was once asked to pay RM200 when I took my child there for a check-up,” she said.
“It’s cheaper for me to go to the nearby medicine shop. It will cost me not more than RM20.”
Maryam said almost everyone in her neighbourhood in Kampung Tasik Permai had some form of illness.
“My husband just died from tuberculosis. I have diabetes, and my daughter is always sick,” she said. Picture by Firdaus Latif