05 Jul '11, 10pm

A full review of healthcare policies

SINGAPORE - The Health Ministry is undertaking a "thorough policy review" to address challenges such as ensuring affordability and the optimal delivery of healthcare services given the advances in medical science. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed this in his first major speech since he took on the portfolio in May after a Cabinet reshuffle. Mr Gan said the MOH review "will take some time, as the issues are complex and require close study". "Among other things, we will look into the key issue of affordability, and how we can strengthen and widen our safety net in an effective and sustainable way for Singaporeans." Referring to the Medisave, MediShield, Medifund schemes, Mr Gan added: "A key area will be how we can fine-tune our existing 3Ms framework to make healthcare costs more affordable. At the same time, we are continuing with our efforts to enhance medical servic...

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