Monthly Archives: September 2013

Launch of ‘Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System’

The book ‘Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System’ will be launched officially on 5 Oct 2013, 2.30 pm at the Arts House (Old Parliament House). We have brought together an eclectic panel to discuss the future of Singapore healthcare. Our panelists include prominent blogger Alex Au, professor of public policy Tikki Pang from the […]

Making it easier for S’poreans to be healthy (TODAY 19 Sept 2013)

I am personally impressed by the work that the HPB and its predecessor Training and Health Education Dept, Ministry of Health, has quietly undertaken these last decades. At the risk of appearing jingoistic, I thought it worthwhile to highlight the HPB approach to encouraging health. Of particular interest is the ‘systems thinking’ philosophy and the […]

Breathing ‘life’ into MediShield Life (Straits Times 23 Sept 2013)

Since ‘MediShield Life’ entered the public lexicon a month ago, commentators and citizens alike have raised concerns on everything from the setting of premiums to the fairness of the healthy paying for the unhealthy to mitigating the dangers of ‘abuse’. As the Ministry of Health engages in public consultation, it is worth stepping back and […]

Healthcare Innovations in ASEAN- Cancer Downstaging in Sarawak

How important is innovation in healthcare? Despite us wanting healthcare to be ‘tried and tested’ and our doctors conservatively practicing only evidence-based medicine, innovation is healthcare is absolutely vital and arguably especially so in the management of the chronic diseases (Non-Communicable Diseases or NCDs in the technical jargon). This is because the NCDs present a […]

How should Singapore’s Healthcare System Change (Straits Times 7 Sept 2013)

It was hard to offer excerpts from my upcoming book ‘Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System’ within the word limit constraints of a newspaper. The Straits Times editors chose the chapter ‘How should Singapore change?’ and asked initially for the over 10,000 words to be condensed into 1,500 words. I tried but could not […]

Protected: What Next for Singapore Healthcare post-National Day Rally 2013

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Singapore Medical Council Elections- Do they matter?

I’ve voted in the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) 2013 elections as required under Section 6 of the Medical Registration Act (Cap. 174) – “Failure to vote without a valid reason will result in a penalty which is a fine of $500”. I have better ways to spend $500 than to hand the money to the […]