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16 May 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 89
Simplify Medisave and make it voluntary

I saw a 10 page booklet explaining about Medisave. It tells what Medisave can be used for and the limits that apply. As the booklet is in 4 languages, it covers 40 pages. As there are limits, it means that for each treatment, the patient can use Medisave to pay for some of the cost and has to pay for the other cost in cash. It is certainly quite troublesome, complicated a......



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16 May 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 156
SMC's appeal for leniency a positive step

The fact that the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has appealed for a more lenient sentence for orthopaedic surgeon Lim Lian Arn is a positive step for the council and the medical fraternity (SMC appeals for leniency for doctor fined $100,000, May 10). It is a promising sign when the leadership is willing to reverse its decision and review its mistakes. To err is human, no matter what power and authority the SMC holds, and having the hum......



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15 May 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 189
Tackle high inflation in medical industry

High medical inflation in Singapore and, in particular, high annual increases in hospitalisation insurance plan premiums have been an issue for several years, despite attempts by the authorities to address it. I recently noted that the annual premium for my hospitalisation plan went up by 19 per cent from last year to $2,605. When I first started this plan in 2015, my premium was $1,282. It has since increased by an avera......



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12 May 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 117
SDP Health care plan - universal health care system

The health care plan proposed by SDP is a universal health insurance plan that provide comprehensive benefits with a modest co-payment and takes care of the full cost of treatment without any cap. It was designed by several practicing doctors who really understand the problem and flaws in our health care system.  The plan was submitted 10 years ago and has been updated a few times.&nb......



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11 May 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 185
SDP health care plan

At the forum, a participant asked if the govt can afford to pay the higher cost under the SDP plan. I gave this reply - as a participant. a) The correct question to ask is - is the SDP plan likely to reduce the cost of health care to the country? The answer is yes - as it will reduce the inefficiency and bureaucracy - which is adding to the total cost. b) A single payer system is also likely to ......



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29 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 189
Singapore is losing out on medical tourism

This report shows the poor utilisation rate of Farrer Park Hospital. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/where-are-the-patients-0 Quote In 2008, when Farrer Park Hospital was first announced, the Government projected that Singapore would treat one million foreign patients annually by 2012. span style=......



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27 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 12
Consider grants for the elderly to get key vaccinations

The call for the public, particularly the elderly, to go for pneumococcal jabs is timely (More pneumonia deaths but low take-up for vaccine, April 24), and there could be several reasons for the low take-up rate of the vaccination. One reason may be cost, which could be a big consideration, especially for the low-income. They are likely to prioritise their daily basic needs over vaccinations. Polyclinics charge about $25 ......



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17 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 38
Organ transplant policy needs revamp

Our current organ transplant policy needs a revamp. There aren't enough incentives to prevent people from opting out of the Human Organ Transplant Act (New organ transplant centre to offer better care, shorter wait, April 13). But it is re-examing the rules about living donor organ transplants that could make a difference. Perhaps it is time to look at some form of reimbursement or compensation for living organ donors. Th......



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15 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 4
Standardise considerations for hospital subsidies

I felt more confused when I read the recent articles on medical bills and insurance (Private stays at community hospitals: Patients pay cash deposits despite insurance cover; and Subsidies for different care hospitals need to be better aligned, both published on April 11). First, I do not understand why whether a person can use his Medisave is dependent on the type of hospital and ward he is admitted to and not based on his medical condition. This add......



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15 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 6
Address dilemma of higher out-of-pocket bills in hospital move

Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik made some good points in her recent commentary (Subsidies for different care hospitals need to be better aligned, April 11). It highlights the dilemma of having to pay more out-of-pocket because of less insurance coverage by MediShield Life, as well as possibly having fewer subsidies when a patient transfers from a general hospital to a community hospital for step-down care. In addition to the po......



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10 Apr 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 1
Not way to promote healthy living

I am perplexed by the rows of high-calorie snacks and sugary drinks that flank the payment queues in many retail stores. These displays are highly tempting to someone idling in a queue. Such sights run counter to the healthy lifestyle campaigns that our nation is relentlessly pushing towards, especially against the backdrop of rising national healthcare expenses (Hard choices need to be made for sustainable healthcare: PM, March 24; and......



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30 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Negative View - 9
What to do now that hypertension drug has been recalled?

I was shocked to learn that the hypertension drug Losartas, which has been prescribed to me by a SingHealth polyclinic for more than 10 years, has been recalled by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) as it contains higher than acceptable levels of a potentially harmful impurity (3 brands of high blood pressure drug recalled, March 29).......



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28 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 5
Healthcare industry should work towards sustainable common good

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's comments on the need to think hard about what we must spend on, and which drugs and procedures are cost-effective struck a chord (Hard choices need to be made for sustainable healthcare: PM, March 24), with Singapore's healthcare receipts already exceeding $9 billion. span style="font-si......



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25 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 6
If quality of care falls during legal process, who's to blame?

Professor Chong Siow Ann's article (When doctors are sued, March 19) clearly shows that the negative impact on a doctor's mental well-being from legal action against him, whether through the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) or the courts, is far from insignificant. span style="font-size:16px;......



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25 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 5
Engage qualified experts for tribunal

It is a relief to read that the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) is taking steps to correct an injustice outside of the normal procedure (Things are looking up for the medical profession. Really., March 21). In a less-than-perfect watchdog system, it is not realistic to expect perfect justice. Hen......



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20 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 7
Clarifications on TCM treatment

Recently, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner Lee Ming Chong was suspended for three years and fined $5,000 after his treatments caused a diabetic patient to lose part of his left leg to amputation (TCM practitioner fined after patient loses part of leg, March 15). Initially, Mr Lee used heat lamp therapy on the soles of the patient's feet for the man's condition of general weakness and chills. This part of the treatment was......



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19 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 82
What will be the penalty for HSA slip-up?

Given the computerised nature of information and the current mode of electronic data storage now, is it acceptable that our medical information can be so readily leaked time and time again within months (800,000 blood donors' data put online by HSA vendor, March 16)? Will an expedient, heartfelt and remorseful statement from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) director be enough to remedy the incompetence and neglect by its IT vendor? O......



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18 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 84
Data breach of blood donors

More than 800,000 blood donors personal information were improperly put online by a Health Science Authority (HSA) vendor for over 2 months. Although HSA was not directly at fault, it cannot completely absolve itself from it. This is the latest in a series of MOH's personal data breach.  With weak senior people in cha......



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12 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 19
Baffling why person who faked identity not charged

The recent case of the psychiatrist who was fined $50,000 for having inadvertently breached the confidentiality of one of his patients has caused a lot of disquiet among doctors (NUH doc fined for sharing patient's info, March 7). It seems the fault lay in his failure to ascertain the identity of the person who was asking for information about his patient, despite the fact that he thought giving that information was necessary as the situation was deem......



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12 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 6
Make clear identity verification process

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) should clarify its stance on the identity verification process of family members by doctors (NUH doc fined for sharing patient's info, March 7). In our society, healthcare decisions are often made with the involvement of family members, especially in the case of elderly people. Many patients rely on the care, input and even finances of their family members. To this end, in the course of......



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09 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 6
Review make-up of SMC

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has, for the first time, asked for a review of a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) disciplinary tribunal's decision (MOH seeks review of doc's case with wide implications, Feb 21). This delayed decision may be due to how SMC is composed of doctors from institutions under MOH. One of the primary roles of SMC is to determine and regulate the professional conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners.br......



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09 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Negative View - 126
Excessive fines imposed by the Singapore Medical Council

The Singapore Medical Council is geting out of hand.  It imposed a fine of $100,000 on a doctor for failing to inform the patient on the possible side effect of a common injection. Click here. It imposed a fine of $50,000 on a doctor for giving private information to the wrong person. a href="h......



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08 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 4
Concerns of doctoring in a digital age

Professor Chong Siow Ann, a psychiatrist, wrote a balanced article regarding electronic medical records (EMR) in the medical practice (Doctoring in a digital age, March 5). However, I would like to raise some concerns about it. Many experts and even lay people would agree that good doctoring requires interaction with patients. This includes not only talking to them, but also eliciting their concerns, examining them, and e......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Negative View - 215
Need for patient's consent for medical treatment

I am critical of the Ministry of Health and in particular of the health minister for the confusion over the need to get the patient's patient for medical treatment. This confusion arose from the decision of the Singapore Medical Council to impose a fine of $100,000 on a doctor who failed to get the patient's consent for a treatment. Why do I blame the Ministry of Health? Here are my reasons: a) The Singapor......



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06 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 150
Many questions on consenting process

Following several recent verdicts by the Singapore Medical Council, doctors are experiencing many uncertainties on what qualifies as taking consent (MOH conducting thorough review of informed consent, March 3). First, who should take consent, or be allowed to do so, when patients are managed by a team? Should the senior doctors of the team be responsible? Or can a junior member like a resident or an intern be allowed to take consent for......



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04 Mar 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 7
Raise drinking age to 21

Singapore is facing complex problems with alcohol, such as an increase in fatalities caused by drink-driving as well as and public nuisance and fights where alcohol is the main cause. However, it does not seem like these problems are being addressed properly. In my 12 years of education, I have neither had any educational talks in school regarding the use of alcohol nor seen advertisements in Singapore discouraging alcohol abuse. ......



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28 Feb 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 173
Treating foreign workers in A class

I read a letter in the Straits Times that an employer was quoted a fee of $15,000 to $18,000 to send a foreign maid for surgery that was expected for 5 days. This was probably the rate being charged in A class ward. I find it ridiculous for the foreigner worker to be sent to A class ward for treatment at the employer's expense when a local worker is probably treated in C class. I suggest that the government should allow a foreign w......



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27 Feb 2019
Ministry of Health
Suggestion View - 104
Budget 2019 - Health care cost

I gave the following suggestions on how to control our health care cost in my response to Budget 2019. Health care cost Several international comparison actually showed that Singapore has a high quality of healthcare and, surprising, the cost is quite modest compared to other countries. But this is not the perception of many people. They are are worried about the high cost of......



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19 Feb 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 144
Case of lack of subsidy for Chas patient raises questions

Government policies, which are based on very good intentions and in the public interest, are sometimes stymied by deep-seated bureaucracy, lack of heart and lack of communication and integration (Chas patient not subsidised for polyclinic X-rays, Feb 15). The failure of the Community Health Assist Scheme-registered clinic to apprise its patient of the limits of subsidies on its referrals and Medisave restrictions on X-rays makes it partly responsible ......



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19 Feb 2019
Ministry of Health
Feedback View - 105
Why is professional judgment of GPs not trusted?

I agree with senior health correspondent Salma Khalik that the Government seems to be sending conflicting signals to patients who seek medical treatment at private clinics which are registered under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) (Think through subsidy issue of Chas patients referred for polyclinic tests, Feb 15). In the first place, this scheme was introduced so that patients could seek subsidised healthcare at private clinics nearer to th......



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