It is interesting to observe the pre-election activities and exchanges that are taking place now. Are there any healthcare issues that might concern the small minority of the electorate that are interested/directly involved? Or the way the healthcare system is being (re)tweaked in Singapore? Here are a few possibilities that have been raised - please rebut or add:
- Insufficient hospital beds - being belatedly addressed. "Slightly under-supply" being better than oversupply.
- Medical tourism and its impact on healthcare costs and resources (and also the possibility of importing more infectious agents into our hospitals).
- Cost of healthcare (Mr Leong Sze Hian is right on the money here). Means testing does not help to bring this down.
- Shoving through the new residency training scheme with little consultation or discussion.
- Private primary healthcare - more GPs becoming aesthetic doctors rather than dealing with an expanded scope of medical work like chronic diseases, etc.
- Class system - do patients suffer only from reduced "hotel services"? Note that Prof Roy Chan carefully did not state whether subsidized patients with non-urgent skin conditions had to wait longer for an appointment compared to private patients.