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MINISTRY OF HEALTH: YOU DIE IS YOUR OWN PROBLEM!

I approached my Member of Parliament, Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Chua Chu Kang GRC), for a letter requesting that I be allowed to use my Medisave for my monthly medical fees. He graciously helped me. The reply, though, was that I could use my Medisave only when it is a critical condition. I then said that if I stop taking the medication, I would have liver cancer and it would be too late. There was no further reply. In Japan, I paid only about US$1 (S$1.26) a day, after subsidy, for my daily pill.

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Standardise subsidised patients’ fees at polyclinics, hospitals

The services are essentially the same, but the fees charged by different public hospitals and polyclinics can vary by as much as 50 per cent. To most patients, this makes little sense. Why should they pay so much more at one hospital compared with another - especially since the Government subsidises much of the cost? Recently, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) raised their emergency department fees, and some bed and consultation fees. SGH increased its emergency department fee from $99 to $108 while charges at KTPH went up from $98 to $103. Alexandra Hospital charges just $88 for emergency services - the lowest among Singapore's six public general hospitals.

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HEALTHCARE ISSUES ARE KEY TOPICS AT GOVERNMENT FORUM

THE affordability of health care and the hospital bed crunch were the key concerns of participants at a government feedback forum yesterday evening.Health Minister Gan Kim Yong assured the audience of mainly senior citizens and young professionals that health care will remain affordable, but reminded them that staying healthy is the key to keeping costs low. Speaking at the session at the Health Promotion Board building, Mr Gan said the Healthcare 2020 Masterplan is "not enough".

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Demoralising remarks from First World Parliamentarians

I have quite a few friends who work in the hospitals as doctors and nurses and I think it is quite unfair for Mr Low to label the daily battles they undergo as a sign that Singapore is regressing towards third world medical care. It is somewhat disappointing that for someone who keeps emphasizing First World Parliament, Mr Low decided to make this callous remark without thinking how it demoralizes the good doctors, nurses and medical attendees who are working long hours to attend to patients who need medical assistance.

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SINGAPORE KIDNEY PATIENTS UNABLE TO AFFORD HEALTHCARE AND CHOOSE TO DIE

Every year, some people choose death over dialysis when their kidneys fail. Without dialysis to clear toxins in their body, they are unlikely to survive long. But there are others who are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it, or because their families said no. Another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families as they were "old already". Six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive.

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MediShield Life premiums to be at Medisave levels

Under a subsidy framework, premiums for the MediShield Life scheme will be kept to levels within that of annual contributions Singaporeans make to their Medisave accounts, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday, as he reiterated that the universal coverage for life plan will be affordable for all.

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TAN JEE SAY: 10,000 MORE BEDS BY 2020 : GAN’S MAGIC WAND?

Does this mean that Singaporeans will continue to see their loved ones lying on beds in hospital corridors and make-shift tents in the years ahead? We can avoid this Third World situation either by increasing the number of beds sharply to around 35,000 beds by 2020 or reducing the total population appropriately, or doing both at a slower pace or in ways that do not degrade the quality of public service.

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