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seneca Post time: 2016-12-10 08:22
Yes, Singapore has an enviably good healthcare system.
However, you are wrong in saying that heal ...
You are right that when services are provided free, it may encourage abuse. It is for this reason that there is almost no completely free services in Singapore - but our system is one of the best in the world. In some respect, even some European cities are not comparable to Singapore. An e.g. I have heard some people don't like to go to some Western countries as tourists - difficult to find public toilets. In Singapore, nearly all places have clean pay toilets where you pay USD 10 cents.
About compulsory basic healthcare insurance. The concept of insurance may be good for commercial shipping, life insurance, etc; but when insurance + "compulsory", it may be wrong. As long as everyone is totally covered through the universal healthcare system, there is no need to allow a commercial go-between - this is the root "evils" of the Western systems. No one likes to be knock down by a car, fall from a second storey balcony, develops cancer. When someone is brought into the ICU needing immediate surgery, you don't go check if he is covered or not covered by insurance - the surgeons cut first and talk later!
You talk about people swamping the hospitals in China during the flu seasons. I doubt anyone would like to wait among other patients sneezing, coughing for three hours getting minor medications. It is more logical they prefer to sleep at home for three hours. The reason for the great queues in China's hospitals may be:
China's current healthcare system is extremely weak or misguided. It needs many, many more hospitals per capita.
Chan Rasjid Kah Chew.