Sunday, January 13, 2008

Public Forum on Means Testing by REACH

For those of you all who may have something to voice out or ask about means testing, perhaps you all can consider going for this forum which is organised by REACH (or what used to be known as the Feedback Unit)...

Public Forum on Means Testing on Friday, 18 January 2008, 7.30pm

1. To ensure that subsidy is better targeted at those who need financial assistance, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed to implement means testing in public hospitals. This will help stretch the healthcare dollar and benefit more people, especially the lower income group. Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health, has shared that means testing would be implemented in as fair a manner so that all Singaporeans will continue to have affordable healthcare. We have also heard that means-testing for hospitals will not be as complicated as means-testing for step-down care. MOH has also spelt out 5 key criteria for a fair implementation of means testing. They are:

2. All patients retain the freedom to choose their ward class. Class C and B2 wards would remain open to all Singaporeans, rich or poor. All patients in Class C and B2 will receive subsidies, but to different degrees. Higher-income patients will be subsidised less than lower-income patients, but they will still be subsidised. Implementation will be simple, and not costly to administer. It would not cause inconvenience to patients nor delay their treatment. There will be special attention for retirees and those who are not working. No patient should be denied medical treatment because he cannot afford it. All needy citizens will remain protected by Medifund, the ultimate safety net for patients.

3. MOH, together with REACH, is organising a public forum on means testing to hear your views and gather feedback on what would constitute a fair system and ensure that our healthcare system is sustainable in the long run.

4. We would like to invite you to attend the public forum which will be held on 18 January 2008 (Friday). The details are as follows:

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
(Registration and refreshments starts at 7.00pm)

Venue: Function Room, Level 1
The Grassroots Club,
190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
Singapore 568046


Mr Khaw Boon Wan
Minister for Health

Dr Amy Khor
Chairman, REACH Panel

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman
Vice-Chairman, REACH Panel

5. If you are interested to attend the Public Forum, please complete the attached reply slip and return it to us by 16 January 2008, Wednesday. For any clarifications, please feel free to contact Executive Officer, Ms Lim Fangru via (Email): or (DID): 6354 8070.

6. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Thank you.

REACH Administrator

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