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10/14/2008

Hold off Mean Testing

Timothy Chin appealed to Khaw Boon Wan to hold off mean testing in his letter to Today. His justification is that time is bad and recession is here. He suggested that hospital should compete for high end clients but also provide for no frills wards for those who do not want the frills. Then he compared the charges for B1($165.85) and B2($51). In his opinion, the difference is too great. He then suggested an intermediate grade like B1a. His overall reasonings are reasonable until this point. By pointing out that charges for these two wards are too wide will prompt only one kind of reaction. Ok, B2 should be raised so that the difference is smaller. And this exactly the kind of thinking Singaporeans will have, a variance from his own B1a. My point is that the ward charges remain and mean testing stops. Let the people decide what they want. Let the people be thrifty and save if they can and want to. Do not imposed on people to spend. The latter kind of thinking is the most ridiculous and can only happen here. Making people spend according to how much money they have. This is one of the reason why Singaporeans have very little savings in their CPF for retirement, simply because HDB flats were priced on how much they can afford to pay. Higher income must buy bigger flats.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is SIMPLY RIDICULOUS that one cannot choose the good(s) and service(s) one wants from those available in the markets. This society must be in the Guinness Book of Records for being the Most Unique Society in the World!

patriot

redbean said...

it is very mean isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Stop bitching you lot, cheaper wards at the hospials are meant for the poorer people of Singapore. If you can afford it you should be made to pay more. Subsidies are meant for people who need it and not for the kiasu Singaporeans who want to milk as much out of the system as possible.

Anonymous said...

"milk out as much out of the system". Unquote.

In the hospital?

That patient must be very sick in the mind.

Oh! wait, there are many in Institute of Mental Health, but they know little of what they are doing.

patriot

Anonymous said...

"This is one of the reason why Singaporeans have very little savings in their CPF for retirement, simply because HDB flats were priced on how much they can afford to pay."

Anonymous said...

'Singaporeans who want to milk as much out of the system as possible' unquote

From the hospital?

Goodness me, no wonder the Government had the impression that Singaporeans really love to fall sick, get hospitalised to 'milk' the system.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Wow, aren't the do-gooders out in style!

There'll always be any old excuse to justify a handout.

In order to have a "meaningful" life, I need booze and women. Now in a recession I, should I go to the govt for a subsidy to support my life?

I think so.