healthcare

HEALTHCARE SECTOR GROWING, BUT HOW MANY JOBS GO TO SINGAPOREANS?

In this connection, anecdotally – everytime you go to a hospital – most of the staff that you see, from the reception to the wards, pharmacy, cashier, etc – do not appear to be Singaporeans? What is the breakdown of the workforce in the healthcare sector currently – into foreigners, permanent residents (PRs) and Singaporeans? As to PRs and Singaporeans – it may be interesting to note that from 2004 to 2016 – we granted 555,659 and 228,840 new PRs and new citizens, respectively.

With regard to jobs – from 2006 to 2016 – the employment growth for locals and foreigners was 376,800 and 701,900, respectively. How many of the 376,800 locals’ jobs were S’poreans? So, how many of the “locals” (PRs and citizens) employment growth of 376,800 went to Singaporeans, since 467,659 new PRs and 208,840 new citizens were granted in the same period from 2006 to 2016?

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MINISTERIAL COMMITTEES ON SALARIES, FOREIGNERS & HEALTHCARE NOT USEFUL AT ALL?

We refer to the article “No mystery to setting up of ministerial committee on Oxley Road house: Tharman” (Straits Times, Jun 22). It states that “Some Ministerial committees may sit for just a few months, because the problems can be sorted out quickly. But there are also committees that have to stay engaged for years – sometimes with new Ministers coming in – such as on foreign worker policies, and funding healthcare and retirement needs.”

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DRUGS SOLD NOT FOR PROFITS, JUST TO RECOVER COST: PAP GOVT NV SPEND A SINGLE CENT?

“Our public healthcare institutions are not-for-profit organisations,” he said. “While the drug prices include a margin, this is to offset overheads and operations costs… They are not profit margins.” So, does it mean that drugs are priced to recover all costs, including overheads and operation costs? So, from a cashflow perspective – does it mean that the Government may still not be spending a single cent on healthcare. if annual inflows exceed outflows ($13.3 billion – $13.2 billion)?

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PAP MINISTER SAY PUBLIC HOSPITALS DO NOT MAKE PROFITS FROM DRUGS SOLD TO S'POREANS

Responding to WP's Low Thia Khiang's question that some Singaporeans still find medication in Singapore expensive and unaffordable, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong declared that Singapore's public health institutions are NOT FOR PROFIT organisations. He said that they do not make profits on the drugs prescribed and although there is a margin on the drugs sold, that was to offset overheads and operational costs, which are not profit margins.

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9K NEW JOBS IN HEALTHCARE, BULK GOING TO LOCALS OR FT?

The Ministry of Health already announced in Parliament that in the next three years, Singapore would need about 9,000 workers in the healthcare industry. The government will support this search for 9,000 workers by investing $24m in the sector.

Half of the jobs at the new facilities and services in the public healthcare and community care sectors are Professional, Manager, Executive and Technician (PMET) level roles. The big question here now is, will the bulk of these 9,000 jobs going to be filled up by Singaporeans, or are we going to see more influx of foreign talent? 9,000 new jobs is a huge number, given the recent reports of unemployment rate among Singaporeans also slightly rising. But, not many people are invested in the healthcare sector. So, will these 9,000 new jobs provide the answer for the jobless?

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GOVT SLAMS TR EMERITUS WEBSITE FOR VICIOUS CLAIMS AGAINST HENG SWEE KEAT

TR Emeritus has once again sought to mislead the public by publishing a vicious claim that a Cabinet Minister is “fully entitled to free A-Class healthcare in government and restructured hospitals”, giving the impression Minister Heng Swee Keat’s medical expenses are being funded by taxpayers. This is a blatant lie. As TRE would have known very well if it had bothered to check the facts, Ministers in Singapore are on the same medical benefit scheme – the Medisave-cum-Subsidised Outpatient (MSO) scheme – as most civil servants.

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