Tag Archives: co-payment

Community Health Assist Scheme and Polyclinic Volumes

I was asked by a journalist to comment on the Singapore Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) and the impact on polyclinic consultation volumes. Below are the queries and responses. Queries: Other than providing subsidised care in the community, another purpose of CHAS is also to ease the patient load of polyclinics. However, despite the significant […]

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 […]

Misunderstanding European Healthcare Once Again

It is hard to be European. Despite substantial changes in healthcare financing in Europe over the last 2 decades with a shift towards larger use of cost sharing, many in Singapore still believe that European healthcare is ‘free’. The latest is a remark attributed to a minister by Channel News Asia: “… said the government […]