A story of the system of healthcare in Singapore:
I came across this story today and thought it worth recording. There are many more like it and I'll try to record them over time.
The statistics in comparative health studies are imperfect and fuzzy, but as in economics, they point fairly well in a certain direction. I've learned the hard way that those on the right have little interest in interpreting the figures fairly, they prefer to cite anecdotes. One place they often cite as a haven of "private healthcare working properly" is Singapore.
The reality is that it depends very heavily on your income level.
[The linked article moves on to other realities in Singapore - well worth a read.]
I'm trying to make this a diary series by me. My time on ET has been severely squeezed - perhaps it might be termed "the new austerity."
In politics too, there is so much going on, it's hard to keep up. Thus I'm trying a little project, bringing me back to one of my first areas of study: healthcare organisation.
My aim is to collect every useful fragment I read into diaries here on ET, organised by country, because when right-wingers attack either an existing system or proposal they often cite random countries around the world. I used to have decent counter-arguments in my head from memory, but it's not my daily field of work any more, so time to make some memory aids.