A specialist hospital across the causeway

Peter Lim and the Sultan of Johore are building a specialist hospital just across the causeway to cater for Johoreans and Singaporeans. This is the best joint venture to date coming from Johore. And the involvement of the Sultan will eradicate a lot of petty problems that could be conceived from petty minds.

When I wrote about such an option, my main worry is the use of CPF for medical treatment in the Iskander. You know, it can be something like the ¾ tank rule all over again. Then it is as good as a no go. With the Sultan’s stake in the hospital, we can be sure that this is not going to happen. It will definitely give the hospital a big boost in drawing more Singaporeans over.

On the Malaysian side, the Sultan’s presence can ease many unnecessary troubles. The most obvious is to ensure that crime against Singaporeans using the hospital is not an issue and the police would have to work harder on this. Then without Mahathir in the kitchen, hopefully no UMNO leaders will agitate against Singaporeans using their facilities or jamming their roads, raising cost of living.

I am really looking forward to a successful symbiotic relationship between the two sides that improves the lives of both people. The Johoreans will benefit from a world class hospital and its supporting industries. Singaporeans will not be squeezed by the local hospitals and have a meaningful alternative across the causeway.

It can be a real win win situation and not mere lip service.


Anonymous said...

Malaysia can be more accommodating.
It can offer much kindness to Singaporeans.
As Singaporeans are facing much challenges in survival, Malaysia and Indonesia could provide great help if they allow the few Singaporeans to settle in their countries.

Singaporeans are by and large law-abiding and hardworking folks, they will contribute to the places they called home.


Matilah_Singapura said...

I doubt prices in the Johore hospital will be that much different. Why? Because of the increase in population and hence demand for medical services ... especially when the population is AGING.

Very soon that Turd Whirled shit-hole known as Johor will benefit enormously from S'pore's rapid in crease in wealth and numbers, perhaps even to the point where they -- the bum-fucked Johoranians will have better lives.

Within a few years Singapore's success will do for them far more than what useless, lazy, incompetent and corrupt UMNO is capable or even willing to do in a century.

Anonymous said...

Thank you your excellency, the Sultan of Johore. Thank you Mr Peter Lim. For giving Singaporeans a real choice, an alternative to spend less and not to be means tested.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Don't be happy too early. Wait till the formula for the use of Medisave for this hospital is out then you will know. Don't be surprised.

tomlim said...

If you are running the hospital commercially, how much would you charge the Singaporeans ?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi tom, I am no expert in the medicare field. What will be the final figure will depend on the cost, land, equipment, staff, medicine, etc etc, and then the margin. In this case, the substitution and opportunity cost, the hassling cost, the quality of expertise, would also be part of the computation.

Then there is the currency advantage. Their costs are much lower in many areas.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

And they have to price it competively to attract the less affluent Sinkies to go over. There are inconveniences, but if the price is right.

Here comes the tricky issue of Medisave to upset the equation.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the issue is how will medisave come into the equation?

I am sure with Singapore competing as another medical hub, the Singapore Government will not be that generous in allowing Singaporeans to use their medisave freely across the causeway.

That is the deciding factor.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

From reports in the papers today of Singaporeans seeking medical treatments in Malaysia, it seemed that they are getting full peyment from their Medisave accounts.

This is good.

Jerald said...

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

Hospital in Singapore

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi Jerald, welcome to the blog. HMI is doing well. Just keep the cost down and attract more patients over the causeway. On one hand it will be a righteous and compassionate thing to do. On the other it will kill the greed in the health industry here.

It is a good deed.