- Over 2006-08, the annual number of medical tourists to Singapore jumped more than 16 percent, from 555,000 to 646,000 visitors. By 2012, the country aims to attract 1 million medical tourists.
- The government is promoting medical tourism with a network of high quality clinics and hospitals than can cater to foreign patients.. This is in addition to various drug manufacturers and biomedical research laboratories owned by large foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers that have established themselves here in recent years. Apart from the 15 hospitals that are equipped to treat foreign patients, the government has aggressively worked to attract top doctors and scientists from around the world and pushed for major foreign pharmaceuticals to establish operations.
Using sample data from the Ministry of Health website, one can see that the hospital bill for heart surgery can vary quite a bit depending on how deep your pocket is, or how the Means Test determines your fate.
We all know what happened to housing prices when that minister-from-hell decided to use market valuation for land allocated for HDB flats. His sickening opportunity cost argument was that the same designated plots would have generated more revenue for the government if used for private development. Now, imagine what would happen if the supply of hospital rooms in the country is tilted towards the deep pocketed medical tourists instead of the "subsidised" lesser mortals. For all we know, it has already happened. Please don't get sick, you may not be able to afford it.