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Old 09-06-2020, 12:25 AM
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Nowadays with many SIA girls becoming ambassador in hospitals. It’s good to be a doctor. Have manage to bed quite a few. Enjoying my conquest. Hope they will not go back to flying.
Don't kay siao la. Most docs too busy taking care of patients. Where got time to jio anyone. Go back to the financier thread.

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Hey! I'm a resident in Toronto.
Hi! Which program?

Are you from Singapore?

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Hey! I'm a resident in Toronto.
During my residency I met other Canadian residents who had relationships with Singapore doctors or medical students.

They either met while studying abroad eg Ireland or Australia or during electives in Singapore or Australia

These canadian doctors were thus interested in moving to Singapore to work because of their partners.

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Btw has anyone received their special covid bonus (of up to 1month) as promised by the government?
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Hi all, I am currently a singaporean year 4 IMG in UK, graduating next year, and planning to return as HO.
Not sure if I am in the right forum, but I would like to ask for people opinions regarding public vs private healthcare from a patient's perspective.
The situation is that I am planning to get my integrated shield plan (i.e hospitalization plan) in place and I am not sure if it is worth getting coverage for private hospitals (instead of A class coverage in government hospitals, given the significant differences in premium? (especially since our salary isnt that high during our junior years)

Here are a few points I am considering
a) comfort
I personally think that in terms of comfort, single bedder (i.e A class) in government hospital is pretty decent and comparable with private hospitals. (My Mum was warded in NUH A class ward in Kent ridge wing last year and I think the room is fine)
b) Waiting time
With regard to patient care, I would assume that the waiting time for appointments, investigations (eg scans etc) are a lot faster in private as compared to public hospitals (esp when it comes to semi-urgent/routine cases).
c) Medical expertise
I would think that private hospitals have greater expertise (given that they are all senior consultants running the show/in charge). However, I have heard from my friends working in restructured hospitals, that they do get referral/transfers from private doctors for complex surgeries/medical cases, or if they cannot manage certain post surgical complications
d) Follow up
Another factor that I am thinking of is that follow up outpatient care may be a lot more expensive in private (may not be covered by hospitalization plans) and this may be quite significant if I do develop chronic diseases.

Sorry to disturb, but would like to hear from people from the Singapore medical community if they feel that private hospitals are indeed much better for the patient to warrant the extra insurance premium?
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Btw has anyone received their special covid bonus (of up to 1month) as promised by the government?
Hahahahahahhahahahaha you must be kidding
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Hahahahahahhahahahaha you must be kidding
Why kidding? The government did say there is a special covid bonus right?
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Why kidding? The government did say there is a special covid bonus right?
Have you received it?

It is a joke lah.
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Hi all, I am currently a singaporean year 4 IMG in UK, graduating next year, and planning to return as HO.
Not sure if I am in the right forum, but I would like to ask for people opinions regarding public vs private healthcare from a patient's perspective.
The situation is that I am planning to get my integrated shield plan (i.e hospitalization plan) in place and I am not sure if it is worth getting coverage for private hospitals (instead of A class coverage in government hospitals, given the significant differences in premium? (especially since our salary isnt that high during our junior years)

Here are a few points I am considering
a) comfort
I personally think that in terms of comfort, single bedder (i.e A class) in government hospital is pretty decent and comparable with private hospitals. (My Mum was warded in NUH A class ward in Kent ridge wing last year and I think the room is fine)
b) Waiting time
With regard to patient care, I would assume that the waiting time for appointments, investigations (eg scans etc) are a lot faster in private as compared to public hospitals (esp when it comes to semi-urgent/routine cases).
c) Medical expertise
I would think that private hospitals have greater expertise (given that they are all senior consultants running the show/in charge). However, I have heard from my friends working in restructured hospitals, that they do get referral/transfers from private doctors for complex surgeries/medical cases, or if they cannot manage certain post surgical complications
d) Follow up
Another factor that I am thinking of is that follow up outpatient care may be a lot more expensive in private (may not be covered by hospitalization plans) and this may be quite significant if I do develop chronic diseases.

Sorry to disturb, but would like to hear from people from the Singapore medical community if they feel that private hospitals are indeed much better for the patient to warrant the extra insurance premium?

At your age premium is cheap, so just get the best plan including pte hosp.
With a pte hosp IP, you can choose to go public hosp still.

Anyway now all have deductible and co insurance for integrated plans to prevent abuse. (After IP plan lost $$ for consecutive 5 years)

From statistics point of view, you are unlikely to use your integrated plan.

But if you are unlucky, really need to admit, then having a pte hosp plans will not limit your options.


Depending on what condition you get, you may really want a pte doc. For eg u know of a Dr X that is super good in that field)

Some pte docs are just money grubbers. Same for some hosp specialist. Some have no idea what they are doing.

some times you actually get better care if you go public hosp A class. (Except for the new HO that poke u many many times to a bit blood or that iv plug despite having big juicy veins, but small bruises are minor compared to overall medical plan and direction)

TLDR: do not limit your option. Get the best plan. Since premium is cheap at ur age. You are unlikely to use it too. But if you use it, then means the disease is serious.
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Have you received it?

It is a joke lah.
I have intel that the bonuses will not be paid out. Look at the economy now, SGX STI etc. So it doesn't matter if you are a front line worker or not, you wouldnt get the paycheck.
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