I refer to CNA article “Gleneagles Hospital to pay medical bills for security guard who had heart attack“.
The article appears to be free advertisement for Gleneagles with acting CEO Phua Tian Beng own self praising own hospital: “Thomas received timely and expert care from our doctors and staff when he suffered a heart attack at the hospital.”
While the article highlighted Gleneagles’ generosity, CNA was too pai seh to mention the screw up of our public healthcare but still did it in one sentence:Singaporeans need to hold the PAP government accountable for the lack of medical facilties, especially in a life-threatening situation.
(It is strange that a private hospital which is answerable to shareholders has decided to foot the bill for what is clearly our government’s error. Perhaps this has to do with Gleneagles’ CEO Lee Suen Ming being a former GLC Singapore Power MD for finance and given a scholarship to study in London by another GLC DBS?)
Our public healthcare system broke down years ago and the shortage of beds is not the only issue.
In 2013, a patient who needed to see a renal specialist had to wait something like 16 months. After KPKBing several times, the appointment was shortened to 1 YEAR!
SGH’s ‘reply’ merely explained the issues caused by PAP’s upside down planning. 😦
How did we end up with a you-die-your-own-business public healthcare system?
PAP should not run public hospitals on a for-profit basis. Despite the limited resources, PAP continues to see no wrong in depriving citizens of timely medical care by allowing public hospitals to be in the business of medical tourism.
What about A & E waiting time which could sometimes stretch up to 24 hours?
Ordinary Singaporeans need to help PAP fix our broken public healthcare system or anyone of us will likely encounter a similar situation as Thomas. But we may not be so fortunate. 😦