So why has the Singapore system not been considered?
I think the answer lies in the stat that shows our Healthcare cost rose sharply from 7 percent of GDP in 1970 to 14.3 percent of GDP in 2002.
So if you ask the question...
Q: What happened in the 1970's to cause Healthcare to rise sharply.
A: Trial Lawyers. The 1970's saw a wave of new Product liability laws that not only affected Manufacturing but also affected Doctor Malpractice.
Before the big change one could sue a doctor for say Amputating the wrong leg. But now, every time someone contracts a staff infection in the hospital the Doctor gets Sued. It's frivolous, he had nothing to do with it but he has to defend himself. And that is the root cause for all of these unnecessary tests that account for much of the increased cost. Now back to the original question.
Q: Why has the Singapore system not been considered?
A: Democrats are Trial Lawyers.
It's clear to me that the only way to fix the problem is to clean house.
Singapore Healthcare System
Over the years, MOH has followed the principle of ensuring that good and affordable basic medical services are available to all Singaporeans.