A healthy affair for the nation?
It is the day after a major surgery and all appears to be going well. A nurse enters your room with good news. “You are out of danger,” she tells you. “The doctor did a fine job yesterday!” You can now leave the hospital and go home, but first you must sign some papers that legally bind you—for life—to all the drugs they have pumped into your veins, which will keep you alive for years to come. It’s called “living will.”
The nurse hands you a pen. “You must sign on this dotted line before you go,” she says. “Do it now. You can’t leave until the doctor signs too. The attending doctor has asked to be present himself. He will be here in a minute for your signature.”
Possible ways to improve government health care bill
I was surprised to find out that I would have to pay $1200 for an MRI, not to mention expenses beyond the original amount since CA keeps raising the cost of healthcare. Not only am I still uninsured and will remain so for at least another year, but every time my work asks me to go to the doctor I’ll have to pay out-of-pocket without any discounts. The reason is because my employer doesn’t give us insurance benefits, which is why they keep insisting that we must be a “small business” even though there are more than 20 people in the office.
Governments need to reconsider their current health care policies and reform them if needed. I might be paying for a service I’m not using and wasting money, which is something I don’t really want when there are other people who are in need of help.
Do you believe in a national health insurance scheme?
I feel that you should be able to choose your doctors. Some may not have the best reputation and some may be more expensive, but you should have the right to choose your doctor if he or she is qualified and knowledgeable.
You have the right to choose your doctor, but you may not have the right to choose your treatment. Do you believe in a national health insurance scheme?
Do you believe that every Singaporean citizen should be covered by a national health insurance scheme?
Do you believe that every Singaporean citizen should be able to choose his/her own doctor?
Yes or No does not warrant an answer. You may not agree with my opinion or the Health Minister’s opinion but there are arguments on both sides.
I wish to send you a link where two Singaporeans discuss their views on this issue. Do check out the link and post your views here too.
The following is my response to Mr Chong Siew Hwa’s article entitled “Singaporeans can have their say in health plan” (Straits Times, 28 July).
No decisions on costly war in Syria yet; what are your expectations?
I do not expect anything from anybody. I don’t care whom the next President is and what he does about Syria. It’s a mess and they should just come to terms with it. The point of this article is not to bash any particular candidate nor does it ever intend to be pro or anti anything. It’s just to lay out and compare the differences in opinion of what will happen if each candidate is elected. If you expect that you’ll have a beautifully wrapped present waiting for you after the election, then your expectations are too high and your disappointment will only be greater in the long run.
If you want to know what the likely outcome will be, then you need to look at who’s on each candidate’s team. Right now that is the better gauge of how a candidate feels about Syria than anything they will say during an interview. The opinions of each individual are less important than the combined opinion of their collective team. It’s like a football team; if your star running back is down, your chances for success diminish without him. The same applies to a potential President.
Syria conflict could be result of a civil war in which there is no significant opposition forces and all sides have nuclear weapons; similar situation was seen during the civil war in Ukraine comparing with today’s Syria and Ukraine. For example can be
I am not judging anyone, but I think Syria problem could be solved without much impact on other countries. It is a civil war in which there is no significant opposition forces and all sides have nuclear weapons. The situation in Ukraine was different; here there was political disagreement between the eastern and western parts of the country, which resulted in the coup d’etat after the confrontation between protesters and security services that led to the death of over 100 people. Another important difference is that there is an ethnic conflict, the western part of the country closer to Europe has Russian speaking majority while eastern part of Ukraine, where the capital Kiev is located mainly populated by Ukrainians.