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Free prescriptions for chronic illness

In Public Administration on 06/07/2017 at 7:13 am

The PAP has sewn up the Pioneer Generation vote by using our money to pay the medical bills of the PG.

For the next GE, the PAP should give free prescriptions for those aged 45 and above for those suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure. That will make another group of elderly S’poreans prone to support the PAP.

And if the PAP is feeling the need for more votes, here’s a more comprehensive list courtesy of the NHS in England:

Which conditions qualify for free prescriptions?

  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
  • hypothyroidism that needs thyroid hormone replacement
  • epilepsy that needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy
  • a continuing physical disability that means you cannot go out without the help of another person
  • cancer, the effects of cancer and the effects of cancer treatment
  • disorders such as Addison’s disease, a rare hormone disorder of the adrenal glands, for which specific therapy is essential
  • diabetes insipidus and other disorders where the pituitary gland is not functioning well
  • hypoparathyroidism, where the parathyroid glands are not making enough hormones
  • myasthenia gravis, a disease that affects the nervous system and leads to muscle weakness
  • a permanent fistula (for example colostomy) that needs continuous surgical dressing for example

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40431800

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  1. Well, with the PG dying off at over 50 per day, PAPies will need to re-stock their vote-cow. But dream on if you think they are going to apply UK style healthcare. UK spends 9.1% of GDP annually on healthcare (although it has been coming down over last few years with more austerity). S’pore currently spends 4.9% of GDP (70% increase over last 20 years). I suspect PAPies’ philosophical upper limit will be 5.5% or 6% max. PAPies will likely expand PG-style benefits to those hitting their 70th birthday, but probably only in GE2025/26.

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