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SDP: PAP Copied Our 2012 Medishield Life Idea

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How much of Medishield Life is a copy?

The Medishield Life bill, passed in parliament on 29 January, has been touted by the PAP to be the better and more comprehensive relative of the previous Medishield scheme. However, opposition party Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has come out to spoil the fun, insinuating that Medishield Life is a copy of the National Healthcare Plan they came up with in 2012.

How true is their claim? MustShareNews investigates.

1. Pooled healthcare costs

SDP in 2012:

“In addition, having everyone make an annual contribution helps promote the idea of a co-operative where – “I am paying for the care of my neighbour’s sick parents because he or she is my neighbour and we are Singaporeans.” This is fundamental.”


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PAP in 2015: 

“Everyone shares in the national risk pool and plays a part in supporting pooled healthcare costs.”

 Copy O’ Meter: 10/10

2. For Singaporeans based overseas


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SDP in 2012:

“For citizens/PRs working overseas, it will be mandated that those who reside in the country for at least 6 months in a calendar year will pay the full contribution amount.”

PAP in 2015: 

“We believe that as a universal scheme, MediShield Life should be mandatory for all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, including those with employer medical benefits, Government pensioners, and overseas Singaporeans. No exemptions should be allowed.”

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Copy O’ Meter: 7/10

3. Individuals with pre-existing conditions


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SDP in 2012:

“A large number of pre-existing illnesses are excluded. There is also no coverage beyond 85 years old.”

PAP in 2015:

For All. For Life. All Singaporeans will benefit from MediShield Life protection regardless of health status, throughout our lives. All pre-existing conditions will be covered.”

Copy O’ Meter: 10/10

4. Non-standard drugs

SDP in 2012:

“This list is for very expensive novel, unique or special order proprietary drugs/drug regimes. Drugs on this list will have to be individually approved for each patient using it.”

PAP in 2015:


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Copy O’ Meter: 5/10

5. Preventive measures

Such as exercising with Chan Chun Sing:


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SDP in 2012:

“Preventive healthcare, health education and directed health screening will be further developed and supported.”

PAP in 2015:

The Government should invest in health promotion and education efforts…”

“We recommend that the Ministry of Health explore measures to promote and recognise healthy lifestyles by Singaporeans.”


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Aye, Gan Kim Yong hears you.

Copy O’ Meter: 6/10

6. Private insurance

SDP in 2012: 

“Supplemental private insurance and riders may be purchased from private insurers to cover for conditions not covered under the basic plan (e.g. dental care) and/or for a higher level of service (e.g. private ward hospitalisation).”

PAP in 2015: 

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Copy O’ Meter: 10/10

7. Data transparency

SDP in 2012: 

“We will have to continually build up academic expertise on healthcare research. MOH data and data from other sources will have to be made freely available and shared.”

PAP in 2015: 


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The Copy O’ Meter: 8/10

8. Prevention of abuse

SDP in 2012:

“An independent panel of doctors should be formed, not influenced by drug companies or equipment makers, to work out these guidelines and tariffs.”

PAP in 2015:


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Copy O’ Meter: 7/10

So…

It doesn’t really matter if PAP did take some ideas from SDP. However, what’s more important is that PAP acknowledges that they, together with SDP, simply want the best healthcare infrastructure in Singapore.

It’s not about which political party can get more credit; but rather, that they are able to come to terms with the common notion of striving towards a better Singapore.


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Featured Image via TR Emeritus
With reference to SDP, MOH

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