Tag Archives: GAN KIM YONG

PATIENT WROTE NASTY NOTE TO INSULT NURSE!

My mother is a senior staff nurse at a local hospital in Singapore who simply loves what she does. But this letter really broke her heart. It was from a patient who had been admitted for less than a week and she had been verbally abusing my mother, calling her “stupid”, “idiot” and “b*tch”. Once, she even spat on her when the hospital food was not to her liking.

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ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO CURB OVERCHARGING IN HEALTHCARE

The first incision was made by Dr Tang Kok Foo in a letter published last month, and his words were so cutting that his instrument of choice appeared more chopper than surgeon's scalpel. He wrote: "I am amazed at how expensive it has become to be treated by doctors in private practice over the past five years. The surgical fee for simple lumbar disc surgery has shot up from $5,000 to as high as $25,000, even when performed by junior doctors.

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MEDISHIELD FUND HAS OVER $1.7B RESERVES & $2.4B IN ASSETS?

It states that “Mr Gan Kim Yong (Minister for Health): The MediShield Fund’s reserves were at $1.7 billion as at 31 December 2013. The reserves support scheme liabilities that include policyholders’ claims as well as premium rebates to help policyholders with their premiums in their older ages. Of the total reserves set aside, currently about two-thirds support ongoing and future claims while the rest support future premium rebates. The portion of the reserves that support premium rebates is expected to rise in future with the move to distribute premiums more evenly over policyholders’ lifetimes under MediShield Life, so that net premiums after the premium rebates rise less steeply in old age.

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ELDERLY HAD TO DELAY MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE

Many elderly people who went to their neighbourhood polyclinics were aware that they could use the Pioneer Generation (PG) cards for the first time and took them along. Some had even postponed treatment last week to take advantage of the subsidies. "My daughter wanted to bring me here on Friday as I was feverish, but I wanted to wait till today to get the discount," said retiree Ang W.F., 82.

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POLYCLINIC DOCTORS HAVE A DIFFICULT JOB

I AM the mother of a polyclinic doctor and would like to give a different perspective to Ms Evelyn Ong Foo Chou's letter ("So hard to consult a polyclinic doc"; Tuesday). After waiting for hours, some patients are likely to be frustrated and angry when they enter the doctor's consultation room. They want to get a consultation worth their wait. But how do you expect the doctor to give them more "eye-contact time" when he has to document the patient's medical history, conduct the medical examination, reach a diagnosis and write the prescription - all within a matter of minutes - given that he has to fulfil a minimum quota of 60 patients a day?

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Better job prospects for non-grads

The public service will also merge more graduate and non-graduate schemes so that everyone will have equal opportunities on the same career track. And non-graduates will be promoted faster to positions that were traditionally considered "graduate-level" jobs, once they prove they are capable.

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Nurses can expect higher pay, more opportunities

MOH had set up the taskforce in 2012 to review and recommend ways to strengthen the development of the nursing profession. Over two years, taskforce has met with the Healthcare Service Employees’ Union and more than 2,000 nurses across 18 dialogue and townhall sessions to gather their feedback. Speaking at the event, Mr Gan noted how the 36,000 skilled nurses today from the backbone of the healthcare system..

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More nursing home beds to cater for rising demand

FOR the first time, the Health Ministry (MOH) is planning to run its own nursing homes to help Singapore cope with the demands of a greying population. It is also looking into releasing land for new facilities and helping operators scale up more quickly, after revising its initial target of 15,600 beds by 2020 to 17,150 - a 10 per cent increase.

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SINGAPORE HOSPITAL REFUSED TO SAVE MY WORKER UNLESS I PAY THEM $30,000 FIRST

I have a very bad experience at Parkway East Hospital (formerly know as East Shore Hospital). My worker was admitted to this hospital. We were told by the staff that the management insisted that we have to make full payment before they will start the operation. Our worker's severed fingers are waiting to be stitched back. The best part is we were told to swipe 6 credit cards to make up the amount. What am I supposed to do if I don't own so many cards? Leave my staff to die?

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