The U.S. spends nearly 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, while Singapore spends about 4 percent of its own GDP. According to the World Health Organization, Singapore has one of the best health care systems. The country’s 4 million people are required to save a portion of each paycheck, which then goes into an interest-bearing savings account used to pay future medical bills.
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Below, bloggers compare Singapore’s health care to other global systems.
An American blogger at “Everday Singapore” compares her experience going to the doctor in the U.S. and Singapore, saying that she receives more attention in Singapore because there are less patients.
The “Health Beat” blog writes that Singapore’s health system is a valuable example for other nations, though such a system might not be sustainable were it transported to the United States for economic reasons.
Blogger “Bryan Caplan” examines the statistics and concludes that Singapore has achieved American health outcomes for about a quarter of the cost.
Blogger “cbernard” analyzes the Medisave system’s effectiveness.
A blogger at “Dissidia” describes her stay at Singapore General Hospital and posts images.
The “Singapore Life and Times” blog writes that locals feel hospital charges are too high, and that the hospitals seem to be purchasing overly-expensive items.