Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Yong Jie Ning (22) 11 Feb 2015

Providing good health care a challenge : PM Lee Hsien Loong 
Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/health/story/providing-good-health-care-challenge-pm-20150211
Published on 11 Feb

    The issue discussed here is that it's tough providing good health care for Singaporeans. As the usual economic model "willing buyer, willing seller" do not work for healthcare and that a variety of tools are needed to shape behaviors to produce a good collective outcome, it becomes financially and socially challenging. Every amount of money used in healthcare is essential because it depletes the chance to improve on other areas such as education, housing, defence or on personal needs of Singaporeans. Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation said that in terms of return on investment, Singapore is number 1 in the world, pointing to the 4.2 per cent of gross domestic product spent on health care here, compared with the 18 per cent in the United States.
   In this case, Mr Lee Hsien Loong states that providing good health care is one of the greatest responsibility of any government and is very hard to achieve. I totally agree with him because recently in Singapore, there is a shortage of doctors and most of our nurses are foreign workers. This could be a lack of local talent in this aspect or Singaporeans find the job too overloaded. Besides that, Mr Lee also states that a variety of tools are needed from pricing and regulation to incentives, exhortation and even compulsion to shape behaviour by doctors, patients, administrators, drug suppliers, in order to produce a good collective outcome. This makes it even more difficult financially and every dollar used in healthcare is precious because it comes from the taxpayers and it cannot be used in other areas such as education or basic needs of people, etc. Although Sinagpore hospitals are depending mostly on foreign health care workers, especially nurses, the government now is encouraging more teens to groom themselves to be acceptable to become health care workers so that they will not have to spend more money on hiring foreign talents to Singapore. This will then ease the difficulty caused financially to provide a good health care for Singaporeans. I believe that Singapore will be able to succeed one day and even barriers will not stand in the way. 

1 comment:

  1. i agree that singapore is recently recruiting more nurses from overseas than usual. many citizens nowadays find the job as a job shameful as nurses do most of the work in the hospital ranging from giving out medicine to aiding patients' every needs. however, despite all these work, they still earn very little. i find that this is not the case because being a nurse is not a shame at all because helping people is what is important and not the amount of money one earns. just as the source stated, providing good health care is one of the greatest responsibility. thus i find that if one is able to help, why not?

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