Global medical expenditure in year 2017-2021 is expected to grow at a rate of 4.1% per year, while the growth rate in year 2012-2016 was only 1.3%. In particular, the incidence of chronic diseases increased year by year. Environmental pollution, food diet and lifestyle factors have aggravated the rising trend of chronic diseases, especially cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
In March 2019, Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that there are currently approximately 3.6 million people with diabetes in Malaysia, which is about 17.5%. It is expected that, the number of diabetic patients over the age of 18 will increase to 31.3% in Year 2025, which means one in three people will have diabetes. Diseases associated with diabetes are horrifying and most people try to keep away from them. These include high blood pressure, high blood lipid, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and kidney disease etc. In the future, chronic diseases will plague most families in terms of both economy and mental wise.