Tag Archives: Singapore

Balanced Scorecards in Healthcare

I was in Tokyo recently to speak at an international meeting to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Japan Association for Healthcare Balanced Scorecard Studies. Yes, the Japanese are very serious about performance tracking and use of management tools to uplift and improve. Prof Toshiro Takahashi, President of the Association and Prof Daisuke Koide, Chair of the […]

Rising cost, regional rivals weaken Singapore’s medical tourism appeal- Business Times 11th Nov 2015

I was recently interviewed by the Business Times for a feature story on medical tourism in Singapore.   Below are the questions and my responses: In your opinion, are there any other reasons why Singapore is losing these patients? My view is that there are 4 main reasons: 1. Unfavorable currency situation 2. High costs in […]

“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 […]

“Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System”- Out next month!

It has been more than 8 months of plowing through old government reports, parliamentary speeches, newspaper articles and speaking to many, many people in Singapore and internationally about the Singapore health system, and quiet days of reflection. And this is 8 months built on almost two decades of working in and working on the Singapore system. Well, one […]

Singapore Haze: How dangerous is PM 2.5?

While the National Environment Agency (NEA) has traditionally reported the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) which measures the concentration of Particulate Matter less than 10 microns in size (PM 10), experts over the years have been warning that the smaller particles smaller than 2.5 microns or PM 2.5 are actually more dangerous to health. The physiological […]

“Spend more to keep healthcare affordable”- Today 22 Feb 2013

False dichotomies seem to pervade discussions around public policy. In demography, it is economic growth versus population constraint. In healthcare, it is reckless welfarism and compromise of other state functions versus fiscal prudence and necessary limits on health services. Yes, there will be trade-offs but we have a swathe of middle ground in between the […]

Tembusu Forum: Post Event Reflections

Blog post on the SDP Healthcare Plan, single payer models, financial protection I was privileged to be invited to speak at the Tembusu Forum, an initiative of Tembusu College (National University of Singapore) [Presentation in a previous post]. The Forum, the 7th in the series, is aimed at providing students opportunities to engage with thought […]

Presentation at Tembusu College on Changing Political Philosophy in Singapore Healthcare

Below is the text of a presentation prepared for the Tembusu Forum 18 Feb 2013 [To check against delivery]. CHANGING POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES- IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF SINGAPORE HEALTHCARE Friends and colleagues, It gives me great pleasure to be here today. My thanks to Prof Tommy Koh for his kind invitation to come and share […]

Co-payments in healthcare (Commentary in ‘Today’ 28 Jan 2013)

A friend and respected colleague in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy once commented, “Singapore policy makers worship at the altar of moral hazard”. While co-payments are a powerful tool, I sometimes feel we have gone overboard and mistaken the means for the end. And like all tools, they are appropriate in some […]

Who Shall Live?

Who should be subsidised? 04:45 AM Jan 14, 2013, Today newspaper by Jeremy Lim “Who shall live?” is the dramatic title of Victor Fuchs’ classic text on health economics. The melodrama is unfortunately not over-stated. Healthcare is marked by finite resources and infinite demand. There can never be enough doctors, nurses, hospital beds and medicine […]