13 Sep '13, 5am

Why did the PAP change its healthcare position?

reported that the healthcare policy changes announced by PM Lee Hsien Loong are "significant”. The newspaper said: "The extension of MediShield into MediShield Life is tantamount to having a universal national health insurance...” (emphasis added) The position change is indeed significant but for another reason. For decades, the Government has insisted that healthcare costs in Singapore must be primarily paid for by the user and the user only. Mr Lee Kuan Yew said: "...nobody derails the idea of having individual accounts for CPF and Medisave. Whatever you earn, it’s yours.” Of course, PM Lee's announcement of MediShield Life does not mean that Singaporeans' burden of paying for healthcare will be eased (the details of the scheme have yet to be announced) but it is interesting to see how the PAP is, at least, re-working its rhetoric. So, why the change? Why after decades o...

Full article: http://yoursdp.org/news/why_did_the_pap_change_its_health...

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