Seen in the Straits Times, May 2006, during Elections 2006.
"Means testing in hospitals may not happen at all: Khaw"
Fast forward to April 2007:
"Means testing may kick in within next 12 months: Health Minister"
How time flies.
Means testing may kick in within next 12 months: Health Minister
By Hasnita A Majid, Channel NewsAsia, Posted: 07 April 2007 1911 hrs
Means testing may kick in within the next 12 months, says Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
And the first to be affected will be patients in C-class wards who stay more than five days in hospital.
Patients in C-class wards now enjoy an 80 percent subsidy.
But the Health Ministry realised that not all patients need such a subsidy, as there are some in the high income bracket who choose to be hospitalised in such wards.
To ensure that there is no abuse of the system, the Health Minister says means testing must be done on those who stay more than five days in hospital - the average length of stay.
Means testing, which is a way to determine how much subsidy a patient should get, is already done in nursing homes and community hospitals."