26 Feb '12, 12pm

Economic outlook, healthcare challenges among issues to be raised in Budget debate

Economic outlook, healthcare challenges among issues to be raised in Budget debate

SINGAPORE: Singapore's economic outlook, its effect on growth strategies, and healthcare challenges in an ageing population. These are some issues MPs of the various Government Parliamentary Committees (GPCs) will raise when they debate the Budget for the various ministries next week. The cost of doing business continues to be a concern for the GPC for Finance and Trade and Industry which is headed by Ms Jessica Tan. Other issues include the impact of the tightening of foreign labour on economic growth and help to sectors hit by these measures. In healthcare, the GPC Chair Dr Lam Pim Min said there is a need to look at affordability and accessibility for quality medical care for the elderly. The team is also looking at strengthening the surveillance system to detect infectious diseases early and prepare for any pandemics. For Community Development (Youth and Sports), the f...

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