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The healthcare system
in Singapore aims to promote healthy lifestyle among all and making it
affordable so that everyone can receive treatment.

As Singapore encourage
people to be responsible for their own health, we have the ‘3M’ which includes Medisave,
Medishield Life and Medifund. This requires us to channel a portion of our own
income into the scheme (Medisave) which is under Central Provident Fund (CPF);
a compulsory savings plan for all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
Medishield Life is a basic insurance that had replaced Medishield. It serves as
a protection to help people to pay off a part of our costly medical bills so
that we pay lesser using cash or Medisave. Medifund would then serves as an
extra protection to help people with financial difficulties to pay off their
remaining medical bills. The ‘3M’ can help us reduce financial burden and it
also reduces people to rely on the government. If it is made free for all to
receive healthcare treatments, people will become very dependent on it and will
look for medical treatments for the slightest problems. The Government has also
introduced the Pioneer Generation Package which only covers those who are born
before 31 Dec 1949 and aged 65 and above in 2014. This further helps to assist
pioneers with their medical bills and about 450,000 Singaporeans will benefit
from this package.

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In my opinion, I would
say that the healthcare system in Singapore is quite solid. Previously in the
2000s, we had a 2-cluster system followed by Regional Health System and now in
2018, Singapore introduced a new clustering system called the ‘Three clustering
system’. Singapore had made improvements and advanced from the current six into
Three Clusters.

The healthcare systems
in Singapore are divided into 3 regions; the Central, Eastern, and Western
Region. This would better cater to Singaporeans’ healthcare needs and allow our
healthcare institutions to better utilise our resources.

 

Singapore is also
quite efficient in tackling its own issue like manpower crunch. When we face
manpower issues, one way is to increase local intake in medicine and nursing
schools and then increase intakes from these schools so that we will have more
healthcare workers from then onwards. Another way is we are hiring foreign
talents to help us solve this problem for the time being. These are some ways
to increase the number of healthcare workers in the industry

 

Not just that, we also
have bed crunch issues where the hospitals are 70% occupied most of the time
which results into hospitals not having enough time to buffer. It is also
partly because of cheaper medical bills which leads to higher demands for
public hospital beds. To deal with this issue, healthcare institutions would
need to discharge patients in a timely manner which means that those who are
able to take care of themselves should be discharged so that the beds can be
occupied by those who are in need.

 

Overall, I would say
that Singapore has taken a direct approach in dealing with our problems in the
Healthcare sector. From what I understand, this is a ‘problem and solution’
technique so when we are faced with problems, we identify that we are facing it
and we find out the root causes that forms the problem. Next, we try to find
ways to immediately solve the issue.

This will in turn
builds people’s confidence in our healthcare sector as we are quite prompt in
solving problems which will help to better prepare ourselves for the future

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