Saturday, May 07, 2011
I would like to thank the person who brought my attention to this speech by Paul Ananth Tambyah. In his speech he brought up many issues that have been discussed in my blog about the healthcare system. The important thing is Paul Ananth Tambyah is in an insider, a professor, who works as a senior consultant at NUH. He is not a candidate for the General Elections and not a member of the SDP but he stepped forward to tell us the need for change in this area:
"Medifund the endowment fund is limited to those who have already sold their homes and exhausted their children’s Medisave. Every year it is not fully utilised as it is so restrictive." - Paul Ananth Tambyah.
The problems with our healthcare system is also well known to medical social workers. You sit down with one and they can cite numerous cases of families that have been put through great financial strain when they fall through the cracks in the system. Singapore govt has the lowest healthcare expediture as a % of GDP among developed countries as healthcare cost escalates. The increased burden is passed on to the sick and their families. What good is all this wealth (concentrated in a small % of people) and GDP growth when the govt don't even take care of the sick - some have to go to Malaysia because they can't afford treatment here.
2 days ago, Mnister Khaw was still saying how good our healthcare system is and he attacked the changes proposed by the SDP. His strategy has been very simple - keep govt expediture down by passing the increasing healthcare cost to the sick and their families. We need major changes in healthcare just like we do in public housing.
Today think carefully about all the issues and vote wisely.
Posting Time 6:20 AM
Posted by Lucky Tan