Shifting from healthcare to the actual health of the people

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) held a charity walk on Sunday (June 23) to raise money for its community fund. The heritage walk was a success, raising S$1 million for beneficiaries of the TTSH community fund.

The community fund is used to help less-than-fortunate patients pay for their medical expenses, support medical research, and aid community health initiatives.

The heritage walk from Pearl Hill to Novena was held to celebrate the hospital’s 175th anniversary.

According to an initial report by the Straits Times, there were 1,750 participants which included Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Minister Heng described himself as a “big beneficiary” of Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He once suffered a stroke during a 2016 Cabinet meeting. He was taken to TTSH where he underwent surgery and was hospitalised for six weeks. In his message, Minister Heng thanked the medical professionals who assisted in his recovery.

He referenced that Health Minister Gan Kim Yong’s group is taking a shot at approaches to enable senior natives to remain sound and dynamic, saying that they are “moving from only social insurance to wellbeing” and referred to a report in regards to Singapore’s long future.

During the 2019 Budget Hearing, Minister Heng said a sum of $6.1 billion has been put aside under the Merdeka Generation Package which is relied upon to alleviate the human services expenses of 500,000 Singaporeans. “This is a huge responsibility by the Government … It is significant that the legislature of the day keeps on observing the examples and cost of social insurance usage, and future throughout the following 30 years or more, with the goal that the administration can meet this dedication,” he said during the spending hearing.

As indicated by a report, Singapore’s medicinal services cost swelling hit 10 percent in 2018, 10 times Singapore’s monetary expansion rate. Singapore’s medicinal services cost expansion is evaluated to hit 10.1 percent in 2019.