Tag Archives: 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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