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THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT THE PIONEER GENERATION CARD

We have heard much and the hype on the Pioneer Generation card on the press and on TV that is used to help and thank our pioneers for their contributions by giving medical subsidiaries to the seniors. However is it really helpful, sincere and beneficial it just makes me wonder for now. Based on 2 true accounts with my father, aged 68 and my father in-law aged 73, I take the Pioneer Generation card with a pinch of salt.

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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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WHY SOME PIONEERS ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE PIONEER GENERATION & CHAS MEDICAL CARDS

Many Chas holders belong to the Pioneer generation and there was full of high expectation on 1st September for this group because they were told of the benefits they are going to get when they receive the Pioneer card. It was all over the media and TV. So many postponed their clinic appointments to September to take advantage of the Pioneer card. Many clinics were packed on that September day with many pioneer generation patients. Pioneer card holders have higher subsidy per visit and higher limit of use per year than Chas card holders. Then came the disappointment. On 1st September many pioneers have their high expectations dampened when they discovered that the value of the Pioneer card was not what they had expected?

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PIONEER GENERATION CARD IS OVERHYPED, IT ONLY SAVED MY MOTHER $3.20 IN MEDICAL FEES

Pap gov even did a tranny tv ad to praise the PG card everyday. I thought it really will help the pioneer generation cope with the medical cost. But when I saw my mum’s medical bill for her regular checkup at poly clinic, I realize the card is overhyped. Her medical bill is around $76. The PG card only gives her a miserable discount of $3.20, less than 5% discount. My mum told me the pg card only cover the consultation fee, not the prescription. So it is not a wonder card as what pinky had mentioned in the ndp rally.

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CNN: IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET SICK, SINGAPORE IS THE COUNTRY TO BE IN

If you’re going to get sick, Singapore is the place to do it. Ranked as one of the most efficient systems on the planet, the city-state’s public health-care program is used by 80% of residents. More important, Singapore spends less on health care than any other wealthy country in the world. In 2013, 4.7% of its gross domestic product went to health; the United States spent 17.9%, according to the World Bank.

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78 YR OLD GRANDMA FORCED TO SLEEP AT TTSH CORRIDOR FOR 2 DAYS

My 78 years old Grandma (mother's mother) was just admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 2 August 2014 (Saturday) around 11 am to A&E due to having fallen down and unable to walk. She was given X-ray and found out that she got a crack at her hip plate. However she will need to undergo treatment and she will need to stay at the hospital. Initially we were told there was not enough patients wards when we ask for a ward B2 type and later on we received a SMS from the hospital on her bed and ward number.

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IS SINGAPORE’S ‘PRUDENT’ HEALTHCARE SPENDING GOOD ENOUGH?

Now let me ask a simple question. What is more important? – “Prudent government spending” or allowing citizens access to affordable medical care? If the answer is “prudent government spending”, then bearing in mind that the UK has more than 10 times Singapore’s population but pips Singapore in per capita beds, then one can only conclude that the Singapore government is far less efficient than the UK’s in this area because aside from the fact that there are more available hospital beds in the UK, the UK also provides free healthcare!

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HEALTH MINISTER GAN KIM YONG: I CANNOT ASSURE S’POREANS THAT MEDISHIELD PREMIUMS WON’T INCREASE AFTER 5 YRS

MediShield Life premiums will remain the same for the first five years, said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong. The assurance on the new universal health insurance scheme was given by Mr Gan on Saturday, a day after the MediShield Life Review Committee unveiled its recommendations. He also said the standardised Integrated Shield Plan for Class B1 wards will likely start along with MediShield Life at the end of 2015.

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TEO CHEE HEAN: DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR HEALTHCARE BILLS

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean today (June 14) assured the pioneer generation they need not worry about their healthcare bills once MediShield Life kicks in next year. Speaking at an appreciation dinner for the Pioneers living in Pasir Ris West this evening, Mr Teo, who is also MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, highlighted two key features of MediShield Life that pioneers should take note of.

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Government should foot lion’s share of health-care bill

However, I also hope the Government will play its part to allay the fears of growing old. Most Singaporeans hope to be able to grow old in a comfortable – if not necessarily affluent – and carefree environment. To achieve this, Singaporeans and the Government have to manage their expectations. A citizen’s greatest fears as he nears retirement age are not having access to affordable health care and not having a roof over his head. Previously, I wrote about how the Government should foot the lion’s share of the health-care bill (“Retirement village concept not anti-family”; March 4), but I still do not see this happening.

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