11 May '13, 12am

"If we cannot cope with 5 million people, how do we expect our healthcare system to support a population of 6.9...

"If we cannot cope with 5 million people, how do we expect our healthcare system to support a population of 6.9 million?" Professor Paul Tambyah, a member of SDP's Healthcare Advisory Panel, posed this question at a recent public forum organised by Transitioning.sg. He spoke about the urgent need for healthcare reform in Singapore and how SDP's National Health Plan:Caring for All Singapore can be the alternative. Our current healthcare system, like other public services, is severely stretched by the huge population influx. The total health expenditure of Singapore is $12 billion in year 2011, whereas the government's health expenditure was only $3.5 billion in the same year. The present system consists of "3Ms”: (1) Medisave for hospitalisation, (2) Medishield for catastrophic illness, and (3) Medifund as a safety net. But the reality is that 3Ms are only a small part in f...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/news/2013-05-07-5612

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