Singapore Health: A Complex Cocktail

Singapore’s health care system, revered for its quality care, low cost and balance of public and private services, has 2 secret ingredients: mandatory health savings and plenty of government regulation, according to Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt, editors of the Incidental Economist.
 
Working-age Singaporeans must put 8-10.5% of their income into health care. A tiered system offers choice, and regulations force private providers to spread services across the system.
 
But it’s not perfect: Conservatives value its “emphasis on individual contributions, but ignore the heavy government involvement and regulation,” while liberals praise inexpensive care, “but ignore … the system’s reliance on individual decision-making.”
 
The New York Times

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