Means testing may kick in within next 12 months. The evil WP wanted our esteemed minister Khaw to state clearly what the criteria for means testing is during the elections. Obviously, the WP doesn't know our elections are conducted to show support for estate upgrading and issues such as means testing that will affect our pockets and lives are meant for implementation after elections and the govt will explain it to our satisfaction after they have already decided to implement it. Ambushed by the WP during the last elections, Khaw put out a truthful statement:
Of course you can read it to say "means testing may happen". Our ministers are men of the highest integrity, they won't intentionally say something to give citizen the wrong impression just to get their votes. They are different from politicians of other countries that is why they have to be paid based on a different benchmark.There is clearly a need to for all of us to be prepared to understand the PAP's explanation on means testing. Of course the Straits Times will help us along the way. But as good citizens we have to be prepared otherwise the anger and confusion surrounding the minister pay hikes will happen all over again. To this end, I've done 2 things:
1. Created an email account to receive accounts of and hospital bills for those who have gone through the system : firstname.lastname@example.org . Please if you have friends or relatives who have been ill and have incurred hospital bills that they can only afford to pay via instalments please email them to me. You can blank out their names and details to protect their privacy. A short account of their illness and how they feel about their bills will also help.
2. If the response is good, I'll post most of it in http://sgmedicalbills.blogspot.com. Please find out and get hold of some bills send them to me so that we can show how affordable medical care and hospitalisation is in Singapore. People can then be reassured and sleep well at night.
You know we have been told all our lives that medical care is affordable. The word affordable is a favorite among our PAP ministers. Our HDB housing is affordable. Transport is affordable. Singaporeans are really very lucky to live in an affordable country although most of us don't know what affordable means.
BTW, have you ever seen a medical bill? Any idea what it looks like? Here is one from someone living a few doors away from me.The unsubsided bill is about $250K and after govt subsidy and adding GST it comes to about $70K under Class C. This is for a 2 month stay in ICU+surgery in a govt hospital. I'll elaborate more about this case which is related to one of cracks that our medical system left open for children with congenital defects.
Anyway, if you have a bill or know someone who has been hospitalised please email me the story and try to attached the subsidised medical bill so we all can get a clearer picture of how affordable our medical care is.