Sunday, January 01, 2006
See once people start asking questions...the questions never stop. The questions also get harder and harder to answer. ....
I wonder if you read this article in Today dated 30 Dec 2005. You can click on it to read the actual article or just make do with my 5 point summary:
1. Writer is a renal patient who gets treated at private clinic. (I thought everyone who seeks treatment goes to KDF or NKF).
2. Private clinic is very successful and profitable has 8 branches around Singapore.
3. The private clinic charges $180 (compared with subsidized rate of $200 under Durai & $165 under Gerald Ee). ...NKF claims it subsidize $70 per session.
4. Writer estimates that the clinic makes 30% profit margin and the true cost is only $126 at the private clinic.
5. He concludes that NKF is inefficient(incompetent) and should outsource its operations.
Imagine if you're a kidney patient who received $200 dialysis from Durai's NKF, you will be kicking yourself after reading this article. Some singaporeans have been quietly getting $180 dialysis from private clinics ...and you thought you were getting "subsidized rate" all along. You will probably feel really miserable, cheated and somewhat stupid. Singaporeans who get better deals should just keep quiet to avoid making others feel bad.
I remember one sad letter to the Straits Times from a woman staying in a HDB flat which she bought in 1996....the letter was so sad you can almost see the tears in her eyes. HDB sold the flat to her at a market subsidised rate, but when she met an old friend who got her new flat recently she found out that comparable flats are being sold for $100K less. When they get good bargains, Singaporeans should learn to keep their mouths shut to avoid causing misery to others.
Singaporeans should be happy so long as the price they pay is affordable. As far as I know, medical care is affordable, housing is affordable and dialysis is also affordable. There is nobody alive who cannot afford dialysis in Singapore because those who can't are all dead. See how lucky kidney patients are in Singapore to get affordable dialysis treatment.
Posting Time 8:46 AM
Posted by Lucky Tan