09 Jul '11, 3pm

Govt studying ways to integrate private and public sector healthcare: The government is now exploring a more sus...

Govt studying ways to integrate private and public sector healthcare: The government is now exploring a more sus...

SINGAPORE: The growing number of doctors switching over to private practice - with some not even serving out their bonds - has raised some concern. The government is now exploring a more sustainable framework to involve them in public sector healthcare. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said this at a dinner to celebrate the anniversary of private healthcare provider Raffles Medical Group. 40 percent of specialists in Singapore are now in private practice, but most Singaporeans still rely on public sector care. And the concern is that given the ageing population, there will not be enough doctors in the public sector to meet the healthcare needs. Mr Tharman, who is also the Finance and Manpower Minister, said solutions have to be found to avoid the situation from being a "zero-sum game". He said private doctors could conduct medical training or treat subsidised p...

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