12 May '11, 3am

Influx of foreign doctors has resulted in a communication breakdown with elderly patients, says our reader

HEALTH Minister Khaw Boon Wan believes that his ministry's current 3M (Medisave, MediShield and Medifund) health-cost strategy facilitates even expensive procedures such as a heart bypass with minimum cash outlay ('Opposition has strange ideas on health care: Khaw'; last Wednesday). Regarding doctors, Mr Khaw's present strategy seems to be to leave market forces to equilibrate. This means that doctors are left to fight for their survival, causing many general practitioners (GPs) to practise aesthetic medicine to supplement their income. The influx of foreign doctors to fill places in government hospitals and polyclinics has resulted in a communication breakdown between elderly patients and their doctors. Our health-care system is in a lose-lose situation in which doctors and patients suffer. Such a fire-fighting strategy could be avoided with proper planning. Our health-ca...

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