Singapore's Health Minister announced that his ministry will be hiring some 4,500 medical and healthcare professionals over the next two years. Announcing the manpower push in Parliament, Minister Khaw Boon Wan said this will increase the capacity of public hospitals and institutions, allow the sector “to do things we were not able to do before” and “transform the delivery” of healthcare in Singapore.
Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan announced in Parliament last week that the Medisave withdrawal limits for medical operations at private hospitals will be increased starting June 2009. Current limits of $150~$5,000 will go up substantially to a range of $250~$7,550. The move is expected to affect only patients of B1 and higher class wards as the current limits already exceed patients' shares of the bills in more highly-subsidized B2 and C wards.
The Ministry of Health's allocation for Government Budget Year 2009 has increased by almost $1 billion to $3.7 billion. This is an increase of 34%. Speaking in Parliament last week, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan highlighted where this funds will go to. The indicative spendings within the ministry include: