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Healthcare: France 1st, S’pore 2nd

In Uncategorized on 14/02/2015 at 1:52 pm

‘High-quality’ healthcare

So is it possible to say which country has the best healthcare system?

Prof William Haseltine, president of ACCESS Health International and a former professor at Harvard Medical School, thinks the answer is France – which provides universal health coverage through social health insurance contributions from employers and employees.

Patients pay their medical bills and are reimbursed by sickness insurance funds.

“A uniform, high-quality medical service is available throughout the country and medical care is available to all, so no distinctions are made between rich and poor,” says Prof Haseltine.

What about a close second? He thinks Singapore.

“It has a unique approach to finance healthcare through government subsidies, insurance, as well as a mandatory saving system,” he says.

The compulsory saving programme is called Medisave, into which employers and employees contribute a certain percentages of their salaries every month.

“As a result, the government has managed to control national healthcare costs remarkably well by keeping it below 5% of GDP (gross domestic product),” says Prof Haseltine, who is also the author of Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story.

It also means that Singapore is better situated to handle an ageing population, which has resulted in ballooning healthcare costs in other developed economies.

There are still out-of-pocket payments to be made, however, which critics says are too high and make it difficult for low-income families.

Whatever the merits of Singapore’s system, though, what works for a city-state of 5.5 million people may be difficult to replicate elsewhere.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31052665

What say you SDP and yr cybernut groupies?

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  1. I have no practical experience about healthcare of other countries, but I do love to provide alternative:
    Healthcare: Canada 1st, Cuba 2nd
    http://www.participo.com/open-thinking/cuba-has-2nd-best-healthcare-system-in-the-world/

  2. Hey no worries man. Sinkie-land will always provide you with healthcare. Whether you come out as a legless comatose vegetable who has to shit thru a tube is another question.

    Being 20 years in healthcare, all I can say is that if you have the money, US is the #1 place for top-quality healthcare, followed by S’pore as #2.

  3. You mean No. 2 in terms of price?

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