HPB is the statutory board of the MOH

The Health Promotion Board (Abbreviation: HPB; Chinese: 新加坡保健促进局; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Bǎojiàn Cùjìn Jú) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore. It was established in 2001 to act as the main driver for national health promotion and disease prevention programmes.

Healthcare: Some issues and questions?
Ministry of Health and other agencies
Where is the National emergency haze plan?
Why was there no emergency order during the June 2013 Haze period?

PSI value of 301-400 is in the Hazardous range and one must avoid all unnecessary outdoor activity.

Was there a lack of co-ordination between the different Ministries and agencies?
Was there a national haze emergency plan, given that the haze has been around for about two decades?

Every Ministry has own plan, after the event?
If so, why is it that after the PSI had hit 401, then only did apparently almost every Ministry started to announce their individual haze emergency plans?
Shouldn't there be just one co-ordinated national haze emergency plan?

More can't afford supposedly lowest classes of healthcare?
Is the cost of healthcare increasing so much that more Singaporeans can't even pay for their medical bills in the lowest class C and B2 wards in the public hospitals? As evidenced by more money being injected into Medifund, and the need to establish more recently - Medifund Silver and Medifund Junior?

Healthcare funding?
Why are we transferring huge amounts almost every year to the Medifund Endowment funds and apparently only using the interest every year, instead of what most countries do - that is to fund healthcare as direct expenditure from the Budget?
Do such endowment fund transfers result in under-reporting of Budget surpluses, especially if we apply the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal reporting standards?

With the latest injection of $600 million in FY2012, the Ministry of Health (MOH) was able to extend Medifund to non-residential ILTC services from 1 April 2012. MOH was also able to set aside another $10 million of interest income over the next five years, from 1 March 2013, in Medifund Junior to help more families with needy children below the age of 18 years to defray their healthcare costs. MOH will continue to strengthen the social safety net to make sure no needy Singapore Citizen is denied healthcare due to the inability to pay.

5th dengue death?
What are we doing to curb Dengue Fever? How effective have our efforts been, considering that we just had the fifth death - is this a historical high? Are we losing the fight against preventing fatalities from dengue?

Dengue fever is a mosquito borne disease caused by dengue virus which is usually self-limiting in most cases.
However, in some people it can present with life threatening complications such Dengue Shock Syndrome and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever.
The most effective way of preventing dengue fever is by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Share of healthcare spending?
How much will Singaporeans have to pay in cash?
Shouldn't there be targets to achieve, such as a 10 per cent increase in the government's share per year, until it hits say 75 per cent by say 2017?

Otherwise, it may just be another pure rhetoric, with no measurable benchmarks.
The government will take on a greater share of national spending, from the current one-third to about 40 per cent and possibly even further, depending on various factors such as demographics, and the ability to manage healthcare costs and target the subsidies, Singapore's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said.

More revenue or less smoking?
The Health Promotion Board wants the public's views on what should be done to lower smoking rates in Singapore.
Has the never ending increase in tobacco taxes been very effective in bringing down smoking rates?

Medisave vs out-of-pocket expenses?
More money deducted from Medisave or out of pocket?
Is there any statistics on the share between the (allowable) use of Medisave and out-of-pocket expenses?
Since the government's share of total healthcare spending is only about a third, what about Medisave and out-of-pocket expenses?

Such statistics may give a better picture and understanding of how well our healthcare system is working, particularly for lower-income Singaporeans.
To ensure that this programme is assessable to all, the Ministry has engaged the support of more than 700 GP clinics and GP groups around Singapore to provide systematic, evidence-based chronic disease management programmes. To reduce the out-of-pocket cash payments for outpatient bills, you can use your family member's or your own Medisave (up to 10 accounts) of up to $400 per account per year. Each claim is subject to a deductible of $30 and 15% copayment.

BY: Han Hui Hui and Leong Sze Hian

If Singapore Government’s Statutory Boards can sue Singapore citizens for defamation, you will be sued for defamation as asking question will cast doubt on the credibility and integrity of the HPB as well as the manner in which the HPB conducts its affairs and/or business, giving rise to an imputation that the HPB is dishonest and/or unethical.

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