Posted by: bigtalksingapore | August 30, 2009

Singapore Health Minister Encourage Health Screening

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said health screenings are a good way to identify chronic conditions early. ” Quoted from http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1001575/1/.html
(See Attachment #1, Tag #1)

I’ve got a better suggestion, why not allow Singapore citizens to use their Medisave to pay for one annual medical and dental  checkup (at subsidies rate)  per year.
And dental checkup should be included because lots of medical problem can start from dental problem.
In the long run, I think it would help to cut down lots of medical expenses by our citizens.

I assume that Singapore Government are very clever and should have considered this options.
If they are not implementing it, there must be some reasons.
I’ll do a “Big Talk” analysis on my proposal below…

Strength

  1. Standing from a Singapore citizen viewpoint, CPF Medisave are usually not utilize until they are sick.
    If the government allow Medisave to be used for annual medical and dental checkup, I think many citizens will make full use of it.
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  2. Singapore citizens who used their Medisave for annual medical and dental checkup will become more health conscious.  This translate into healthier population and lesser medical leave from work. Singapore citizen will become relatively more competitive.
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  3. Illness can be detected earlier and it may still be treat-able with new medical procedure and lifestyle adjustment.
    Life can be saved.
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  4. In the long run, Singapore citizen save money, Government save money and taxpayers are happy.
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  5. Less resources are needed for medical treatment, this also translate to better environment protection.
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  6. As more Singapore citizens go for medical and dental checkup using their Medisave, we will create a huge database of our population health.
    In  crisis like the bird and swine flu, we will be in a much better position to fight it.
    With these information on our population health, we can truly be a medical hub and attract foreign medical investment.
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Weakness

  1. More CPF fund will need to be opened up for citizens.
    I don’t think there should be any cash flow problem, but Government will need to monitor the fund carefully.
    They got so many “Experts” and “Scholars” in the Government sector, I think they can manage.
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  2. If every Singapore citizens go for medical and dental checkup every year, our medical facilities may not be enough.
    One alternative is to divide the citizens into two group based on their NRIC number.
    Group 1 can refer to those with NRIC number with last digit being even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8).
    Group 2 can refer to those with NRIC number with last digit being odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9).
    For even years (Eg, 2010, 2012, 2014…), Group 1 can utilize their medisave for that year.
    For odd years (Eg, 2011, 2013, 2015…), Group 2 will go for their medical and dental check up.
    .
    If this is still no enough, we can divide our citizens into more groups.
    Example, Group 1 (Last NRIC digit is 1 or 2), Group 2 (Last NRIC digit is 3 or 4) and so on…
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  3. Another problem that may arise is that as more Singapore male citizens go for health screening yearly, we should see an increased in medical problem detected. If this happened, there will be less healthy citizens to go for reservist training.
    So they are probably going to see a decreased in soldiers fit enough for combat. Bad news for SAF.
    While having medical problem detected for Singapore male citizen is definitely not good news, at least they don’t drop dead during their training.
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20090829A1_HealthMinisterKhawBoonWanEncourageHealthScreening_ChannelNewsAsiaAttachment #1: Screen shot from http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1001575/1/.html

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