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Singapore generally has an efficient and widespread system of healthcare. Singapore was ranked 6th in the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems in the year 2000. Singapore has in place a comprehensive healthcare delivery and financing system built on pursing the following objectives:
- Promote Good Health and Reduce Illness
- Access to Good and Affordable Healthcare
- Pursue Medical Excellence
The government’s healthcare system is based upon the “3M” framework. This has three components: Medisave, a compulsory health savings scheme which allows practically all Singaporeans to pay for their share of medical treatment without financial difficulty. The second level of protection is provided by Medishield, a low cost catastrophic medical insurance scheme. This allows Singaporeans to effectively risk-pool the financial risks of major illnesses and Medifund, which provides a safety net for those who could not otherwise afford healthcare. In 2008, 31.9% of healthcare was funded by the government. It accounts for approximately 3.5% of Singapore’s GDP.
Many middle and higher income Singaporeans have also supplemented their basic coverage with integrated private insurance policies (“Integrated Shield plans”) for treatment in the private sector. Singaporeans must subscribe to the basic MediShield product before they can purchase the add-on private Integrated Shield Plans.
Although Singapore has a multilevel healthcare system, it may not be able to support sustainable treatment that Chloe requires for life. We realised some of the developed countries in Asia Pacific region have introduced legislation and government funding to take care of patients with rare disease. Therefore, we believe we should fly Singapore flag in the rare disease map too.
As parents, we hope all Singaporean will get together behind us to rally for this to happen. What we do today will benefit the next generation because rare diseases can happen to any family. Rare diseases do not recognize race, colour, nationality or social standing…. they could happen to anyone.
We encourage you to read our research on how countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Australia are doing to help Pompe patients and other rare disease patients. Base on population, the incidence of rare diseases in Singapore will definitely be lower than other countries.
In 2013, the government introduced MediShield Life, an enhancement of the Medishield which we already have. The government introduced MediShield Life to better protect us against large bills, and ensure all Singaporeans that we are covered for life.
However, there are still more to be done in order to ensure the coverage will last us for life. Please read about it and offer your feedback so that Ministry of Health could improve on it .