16 Apr '11, 4am

our Health Minister tells us that if we are old, sick & can't afford health care in SG, fuck off to JB. #sgelections

SINGAPOREANS could consider living in nursing homes in neighbouring Johor Baru, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan suggested yesterday. It would be cheaper, yet be near enough to Singapore for family members to visit and for residents to return for medical care if necessary, he said. He told Parliament yesterday that he recently visited a site in Johor Baru where a Singaporean investor was planning to build a 200-bed nursing home. He asked the investor about the costs involved, and was stunned at how low they were. He said: 'It is mind-boggling. The cost of land and construction cost is so low that my cost of putting up just a polyclinic (in Singapore) is probably more than his cost of putting up a 200-bed nursing home (in Johor Baru). 'The monthly cost of keeping a resident in a private nursing home in Singapore, you can stretch it easily to pay at least 2-1/2 months of nursin...

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