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Review of public health care, 2013

The Ministry of Health is embarking on a major review in 2013 to ensure that public health care remains accessible and affordable to Singaporeans. I hope that the review should involve all sectors of our society in the spirit of the "National Conversation". Our current system of paying from health care through many sources, known as the 3M approach, plus personal savings, should also be reviewed. We should consider alternative approaches, such as the single payer system, that is used successfully in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Taiwan. A single payer system allows better control of the health care bill and reduces the heavy administrative cost. An alternative approach, used in Japan and several European countries, allows a large part of the bill to be paid from a single insurance plan, instead of the fragmented sources adopted in Singapore. I have been persona...

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