Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Launch: Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System

Select Books is pleased to invite you to the Book Launch and Panel Discussion of Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System by Jeremy Lim.

The Chamber, The Arts House, 
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Saturday, 5 October 2013, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.

"...this book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding this area of governance or wanting to participate in the debate about better policies, whether in Singapore or elsewhere. "
- Alex Au, public intellectual and blogger,

"Jeremy Lim uncovers the magic of Singapore’s health care system and good government. But he also does away with the myth that everything is fine in Singapore and presents his solutions, unconventional yet in Singapore’s tradition of rich and practical thinking." 
- Jan van den Berg, President Asia of Prudential Financial Inc. (USA)

"The book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to reform healthcare in their own countries, and for Singaporeans seeking to understand what works and what doesn’t in their healthcare system."
- Donald Low, Associate Dean (Executive Education and Research), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

2:30 pm - Registration and Welcome

3:00 pm - Introduction by author on the reasons for the book, the title and what he hopes to achieve with its publication. 

3:15 pm - Panel Discussion on "The Future of Singapore Healthcare: Policy, Physician, and Public Perspectives"
  • Jeremy Lim (author, Principal Consultant, Insights Health Associates) 
  • Alex Au (civil society activist and blogger, 
  • Tikki Pangestu (formerly Director of Research Policy, WHO, Geneva, now Visiting Professor, LKY School of Public Policy) 
  • Toh Han Chong (editor, SMA News, Deputy Director, National Cancer Centre) 
Be prepared for a robust discussion on topical issues such as MediShield Life, affordability of healthcare, access for vulnerable populations, the feasibility of a third medical school, public-private competition, and whether there are too many doctors.

4:30 pm - Reception at the Blue Room

5:30 pm - Close

This is a public event and all are welcome.

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