Tag Archives: public-private partnership

“Why Singapore needs foreign patients” ST 22 July 2015- Follow Up Responses

My recent commentary “Why Singapore must have foreign patients” (Straits Times 22 July 2015) created quite a stir with many lambasting the views presented or thanking me for raising issues which had been difficult in this political climate to voice publicly especially if one was in the public sector. Two issues are probably worth clarifying […]

Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare- ‘Jom Mama’ in Malaysia

I was encouraged to see that just across the Causeway in neighboring Malaysia, public-private partnerships to tackle disease are taking off and one good example is the one between the Malaysian Ministry of Health and Novo Nordisk with partners. There will always be skeptics and credit to the Malaysian officials for disregarding the inertia and […]

ASEAN Economic Community’s Impact on Healthcare Services

I am writing this in Bangkok following a very engaging session on the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) on healthcare goods and services. For those who may not be familiar, the AEC is an aspiration articulated by the region’s leaders to establish “regional economic integration”. The AEC is intended to have 4 key […]

Mitigating the capacity crunch- Whither the private sector?

The incongruence between demand and supply in the public sector is widening, but tapping on the private sector does not seem to be a policy option that is first, or even, second-in-mind. There is still a strongly entrenched view that doctors, once out of the public sector, do not and cannot contribute to the public […]

‘Light of Hope’- A world-first in India

Who would believe a ‘first in the world’ advanced radiology project would occur in India? I am writing this in Chandigarh, India, home of one of India’s most prominent hospitals, PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) after a visit to the project site of Asha Jyoti (Hindi for ‘Light of Hope’), an […]

Is Singapore short of doctors? ‘Today’ Commentary 14 Feb 2013

Commissioning private healthcare providers to care for public patients is controversial even in the best of times and I expect this commentary to elicit strong reactions. Perhaps controversy is a good thing; we do as a country, need to start thinking radically as the challenges we face are unprecedented and be ruthlessly pragmatic. The ideologies […]