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Prof Paul Ananth Tambyah spoke at The Online Citizen’s healthcare forum on Saturday where he highlighted the key proposals of the SDP’s alternative healthcare plan.$CUT$
The SDP’s plan is premised on the following problems with the PAP Government’s healthcare system:
Singapore has the highest out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in East Asia.
Our Government pays only 30% of the country’s total healthcare expenditure compared to 70 percent in comparable economies.
Singaporeans are in debt of $110 million to public hospitals as of end 2011. Many put off crucial health screenings and early treatment.
Such a system is unfair and, moreimportant, unsustainable. Because of this, the Singapore Democrats drew up analternative titled The SDP National Healthcare Plan: Caring For AllSingaporeans where we make our healthcare system universal, that is,every Singaporean is entitled to quality medical care regardless ofone’s financial state.
The SDP proposal includes:
- Replacing the 3M system (Medisave, Medishield, Medifund) with a single-payer system called the National Health Investment Fund (NHIF).
- Singaporeans pay an average of $600/year to the NHIF depending on income levels (taken from one’s CPF). Lower income workers and the elderly poor do not have to pay. The amount is a fraction of what we currently pay into Medisave.
- In the event of hospitalisation, the NHIF will then pay 90% of the hospital bill. Patients pay 10% up to $2,000 (per year).
- The SDP plan will increase the Government’s portion of the expenditure to 70%, easing the burden on our people.
The SDP’s healthcare plan aims to makehealthcare in Singapore universal, affordable and sustainable.Singapore is one of the last few remaining countries in the worldthat has yet to make healthcare universal.
This is the first time that anopposition party has proposed a detailed and comprehensivealternative healthcare plan. To help make universal and caring healthcare system in Singapore a reality, please spread the word to support the SDP.