Online Medical Services Under The Law Of Malaysia

The practice of telemedicine, defined as the practice of medicine using audio, visual and data communications, is regulated in Malaysia by the Telemedicine Act 1997, (the “Telemedicine Act.”) The Telemedicine Act notably provides that any registered doctor may practice telemedicine but other healthcare providers (such as a medical assistant, nurse or midwife) must first obtain a license to do so.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who can practice telemedicine?
What sanctions apply for the practice of telemedicine in violation of the provisions of the Telemedicine Act?
How can a certificate to practice telemedicine be obtained?
What other requirements apply to the practice of telemedicine?

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