Back in August 2010, we read about Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)'s bed crunch issue being eased by the opening of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Yishun. With KTPH accepting all ambulance cases within its catchment area, I believe it did ease the situation at that point in time. Five years down the road, is that still the case? Apparently not so.
The recent article posted on the Forum section of The Straits Times (ST) highlighted this dire issue clearly. The writer, Ms Kaw, detailed how her 73-year-old mother had to spend 4 days sleeping along the hospital's corridor due to a lack of available beds. This is despite being eligible for a subsidized B2 ward, by which I assume she has basic MediShield cover.
The lack of options is a real issue today, especially for the older generation, like my own parents. For my parents' generation, they probably did not have as good coverage as the current generation of Singaporeans, perhaps for the simply reason that the importance of getting hospitalisation insurance was not as well known back in those days. And likely, they were not prepared for the massive inflation and subsequent phenomenal increase in medical and hospitalisaton costs over the years.
Fortunately, there are options available today to manage the costs of hospitalisation and medical bills. It does not always have to be a case where a person is left hanging dry, due to lack of medical facilities in a particular hospital, long waiting times or lack of money to pay for the bills. In Singapore, one of this options is a private integrated MediShield plan, which can be signed up even for a newborn. To find out more about this, do subscribe to our newsletter or click on the button below!