HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (High School Section)
INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CORE
TOPIC : HEALTHCARE IN SINGAPORE
Name : ___________________ ( )/3__ Date : ______
Healthcare in Singapore
Public Healthcare is a good that a government has to provide for a country, even though
they may be limited resources and cause a strain on the resources.
When a government provides quality healthcare, it reflects the success of good governance
Government has to increase its expenditure if it wants to provide good healthcare services
for its people in this modern world with modern technology
Healthcare in 1960s and 1970s
Part of public housing – cleared squatters and overcrowded areas
Need for basic healthcare to deal with infectious diseases like tuberculosis which were
Hospitals, clinics and outpatient dispensaries were built
Vaccination against common infectious diseases was introduced
Medical officers and nurses were sent to school to educate the young on healthcare
1970s – there was improved economic activities and many people wanted better healthcare
facilities and services
Outdated outpatients were upgraded and polyclinics were located in every town centres
Money came from government budget so this caused a strain in 1980s because of the rising
cost of healthcare
What are the 3 bodies that determine healthcare in Singapore
Shared responsibility between government and self, that is, government need not increase
taxes and ensures that healthcare is affordable
What is it?
How does it work?
What’s the purpose
What’s the effect?
(4 points as above)
Ensure that healthcare remains affordable for most Singaporeans especially the lower-
Gives subsidies in the form of direct subsidies
(The four points above)
Restructuring of hospitals
Hospitals would have greater freedom to reogranise to meet the needs of the people
Government would be able to reduce the amount of subsidies to hospitals
What is meant by restructuring?
To benefit patients who need them most
Resources to be fairly distributed
But is difficult to be implemented because the middle-income may be affected
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
To cope with the rising cost of healthcare for government and self
If he is in good health, there would be no need for medical treatment and save on medical
Schools and workplace emphasize on this
Includes food as well as exercise
What are the examples which promote this?
It is not possible for government to provide all healthcare services
To share the strain on resources
Voluntary welfare organizations and some private organizations are given government
grants to run community hospitals and day-care centres. What are examples of these?
Support given to organizations that provide specific healthcare services that cater to specific
groups like the poor or those with a particular illness. What are examples of these?
Grouses / Points to consider
Healthcare is not affordable
Means-testing is unfair
Population ages, so more healthcare facilities are needed
Those who are unable to work