Does it make sense that ministers stand to benefit from the greed of professionals like doctors and dentists?

They are supposed to be esteemed professionals but the way doctors and dentists are scamming the system and their patients raises alarm bells that so many of them are merely wolves in sheep’s clothing.

The latest news on the suspension and police referral of 10 clinics from the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)  for “severe non-compliance” is only the tip of the iceberg.

In recent months, we have had scores of dentists being charged and suspended for making fraudulent Medisave claims, among other misdemeanours.

When professionals like doctors and dentists resort to cheating and scamming with regularity, it is a worrying sign. For every one who gets caught, how many more get away scot-free?

Most actually do get away with “cheating” routinely. Go for any procedure or surgery and the question asked is: Are you covered by insurance? If so, you know the bill is going to be jacked up multi-fold.

Is this how the system is supposed to work? Why hasn’t something been done about it? Ultimately, when insurance and MediShield premiums go up, the patients are the ones who bear the brunt of it.

If you recall, we have also been told that those who make no more than $500,000 a year are “very very mediocre people.” Do doctors and dentists want to be considered “very very mediocre people.”?

It would seem that by hook or by crook, they have to be in the million dollar club of ministers.

And since ministerial salaries are pegged to the highest earners in the private sector, this is the scenario before us: the more greedy doctors and dentists and other top professionals are, the more ministers stand to benefit.

Isn’t that simple logic on a perverse situation?

We could say it all starts from the top. When money is never enough, when greed becomes a common denominator for those at the pinnacle, we ought to worry where our society is heading.

Greed, they say, is a bottomless pit. Are we in a free fall and we don’t even have a clue as to where the bottom is?

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

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22 Responses to “Does it make sense that ministers stand to benefit from the greed of professionals like doctors and dentists?”

  • oxygen:

    THE DEGENERATION AND DISINTEGRATION starts from which generation of political leadership. 70% of the voters never ask this question.

    Money politics corrupted this country and destroyed its entire fabric. And PAPpys still haven’t got enough or at least they growled publicly it is not enough for them.

    FOR GOD’S SAKE, THEY WON’T EVEN PAY CAR PARKING FEES AT THE SAME RATE AS ALL OTHER PEASANTS MUST!

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpy DOGGIES CLAIM BIGGEST MONEY DISCOURAGES CORRUPTION, it is the exact opposite. That makes PAPpys doggies LIARS UNLIMITED.

    Unless we cut doggies pay drastically, there is no more cure left in this country. CANCER can only be healed by brutal surgery, IF IT IS NOT TOO LATE OF ADVANCED STATE AND METASTASIZE through the host system already.

    70% OF THE DUMBFARKED VOTERS BETTER WAKE UP NOW – this country is dying by the passing seconds.

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  • LIONS:

    it is true that MONKEYS SEE WHAT MONKEYS DO.

    In $in City, greedy MONKEY$ see WHAT greedy MONKEY$ also do.

    if LEEder$ have no qualms increasing taxes,charge HIGH FEES at govt hospitals,levies here and levies there,GREED WILL BREED.

    Our medical cost is running speedily away and the govt has a large part to play in it!

    thats why so many sgs who are retired or JOBLESS have to use up their LIFE-TIME SAVINGS PLUS CPF SAVINGS to PAY FOR SUCH BIG MEDICAL TIckets AS THEY DO NOT HAVE DECENT SOCIAL ASSISTANCES NOR COMPANY BENEFITS WHICH NOW THE JOB-STEALING FTs CAN ENJOY together with their aged parents who also come here????!!!!

    look around you closely and you notice,there are MANY MORE AGEING ‘FTs’ walking around;how not to burden the ageing population even more???

    the PAP HAS ZERO IDEA WTF they are doing to the NATION!

    THEY OUGHT TO BE CRIMINALISED!

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  • "0" of them can survive on own:

    almost none of the pap members can survive on own without pap dishing out free of accountability S$m to each other.

    let the analysis begin.

    from the back row. 6 pap Ljs. only the malay fellow can make S$m on his own. the other 5 utter fail without the pap S$m non accountable system.

    from the 3rd row. 4 pap Ljs and 1 pap Cb. only the ah neh fellow can make S$m on his own. the other 4 confirmed utter fail without pap S$m free of accountability payments.

    from the 2nd row. 4 pap Ljs. only the lky copycat fake neh can make S$m on his own. the ah neh bala at most reaching 80% of one S$m on own. the remaining 2 are absolutely utter fails not worth any further mention.

    from the 1st row. 5 pap Ljs. all of the absolutely confirmed to be impossible to make even one S$m on own ability. that is why this row of folks abused power to legislate the illegal into legal so that they can be paid multiples of S$m which otherwise they cannot achieve on own.

    sad case of legal theft. only regime change can this rot be removed.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Nothing new, happens all the time, HUMAN GREED you think they are angels, they have to pay rents.

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  • Bapak:

    Everyone is jealous of each other’s earning. PAP politicians are jealous of professionals getting higher than them, professionals are jealous of PAP politicians only TKSS and getting the same pays.

    Pinky’s reason is so unsecured that if his pay is lower he has no face talking to these professionals. Now you know why Jack Ma doesn’t want to talk to him. Pinky no face lah! He also no face talking to the Tomboy.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    UNCONTROLLED Spending and waste of Public Funds…”MUST BE STOPPED”

    Salaries which is RIDICULOUS for men serving the Nation or is it Working for a INC

    Investments that is MORE a form of Gambling than Investment with WIN-WIN for the people doing the INVESTMENT “Not their money what!!!”…Win Lose or DRAW they collect Salaries Bonus and Perks

    Promoting useless EVENTS that benefit others and themselves BUT never The Nation

    Giving a Dollar and taking back 99cts to spend Lavishly in the name of Progress??? 1stWorld…Swiss Standard??? or just plain BullSHIT!!!

    Lock these in your minds as you head towards GE2020 which may happen in 2019 the DEADLINE of the OWL’s HOOT in Istana and hopefully before the Gun Carriage roll out to avoid the same Disaster when an Evil man died

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  • Bapak:

    But there is one politician earning so so much lower than Pinky shown him the door after only half an hour talk. And this politician spent one hour talking to Jack Ma. He made Pinky very no face.

    Bapak:
    Everyone is jealous of each other’s earning. PAP politicians are jealous of professionals getting higher than them, professionals are jealous of PAP politicians only TKSS and getting the same pays.

    Pinky’s reason is so unsecured that if his pay is lower he has no face talking to these professionals. Now you know why Jack Ma doesn’t want to talk to him. Pinky no face lah! He also no face talking to the Tomboy.

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  • N.Jungne:

    After GE give each of them a trolley as last Bonus. They are going to need them for exercise later on.

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  • Non compliant 2?compliant 2?:

    When Goh CT, filled with deadly evil of the highly paid CEOs of MNC, rationalized that he n his ministers should be paid just as much if not more becos a corporation wealth is insignificant relative to the nation coffer. BUT what he didn’t say whether deliberate or mhas nfi is that a minister has the power to engage at the expence of the nation experts to assist him while the CEO has no such privilege without the approval of the Board of Director. A well circulated mgement anecdote is that once a CEO proposed to engage an expert to help him. BOD asked him. Besides having this expertise, does he know how the company should be run? The CEO replied, yes if not his expertise would not be applied effectively. The BOD said Leave the resume n u r dismissed. A CEO is recruited based on his knowledge n his experience but a politician is votedcon popularity wrt the electorate from what they know of his attitude in serving the constituents. Besides individual expert, the minister also has privilege of setting up ministerial commitee with members fully paid for his service by the nation or unpaid as their free contribution to the nation n citizenry. Besides the ministers have privileges of personal protection or bodyguuard fully financed by the nation. There r a host of other privileges which a CEO of MNC does not have. Summing up the financial load of all these privileges apart also from the honour of serving the Nation n the social national n international staus which definitely not available to a CEO n which cannot be financially equivalent,a minister remuerationfar exceeds that of a CEO. Besides the retirement benefits after a couple of terms in office, 10-15 yrs for life is like a free gold card for life. This GCT should know but why he did not include in his rationalization is self explanatary. A CEO can be dismissed anytime if his performance fell below expectation but a minister is assured for his position for 5 Years n extended indefinitely if he retained his popularity with his constituents. Whether GCT was speaking on his own accord or an act of polanpaing his Master whom he seat warming the PM seat to complete the nepotic agenda.

    GCT used the absolute power by virtue of a Parliament filled with his party MPs not more than two opposition members. Of course his demand was approved n as such it is effectively an act of self gratification, or simply abuse of power for self/party interests n benefits. If he has sought citizenry approval thru a national referendum, it would have been different but he did not whether thru arrogance, extreme greed beyond sensibility or nfi of the implication of the act is left to individual interpretation. The nepotic evil has erased all sense of good governance n nation building leading to a two throng exploitation,

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  • Corruption arising:

    Those doctors or their clinic admin person found guilty should be struck off the medical registry for a number of years or be demoted. The admin staff who knowingly commited the offence should be fined or fired.
    How low can they go…profiteering from patients sufferings/illnesses.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    Augustine, we have allowed a whole generation of avaricious people to rule us and inspire us to be greedy. Not only did supply-siders let a pittance of their wealth trickle down upon us, their base morals did also. As they built their wealth, many of us have used their same moral paradigm to obtain our condos, cars and country-clubs. A much smaller version of their dream became ours. And in order for the supply-siders to fuel their dreams, they encouraged all of us to join them in overspending, over borrowing and in some cases far over reaching what we could afford. This was not only the illusion of prosperity; it was the reality of profligacy. Until an entire society returns to that attribute instead of greed as its primary focus, you may offer many remedies, but all will fail. If a society only produces people who want to amass wealth at any cost, its most talented will be the most predatory, as we have seen. We have created gods of consumption and now many bow down before them. But finally, the curtain has gone up and we see the shimmering mirage dissipate. I’m not so sure this criticism is truly warranted, as if our political class is somehow an exception in our society. Just look around. Everyone is self-involved promoting themselves to high heaven in pursuit of maximizing their sense of worth; their entitlement, their profit. Capitalism and Consumerism dominate. Greed, Avarice and an extreme narcissism has overtaken our land. To borrow the words of Abraham Lincoln, can a nation long endure that is taken over and run by gamblers whose only vision is outrunning their fellows in the race to become richest king of the billionaires? So why be surprised when one finds the MP’s Bentley parked inside a country club?

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  • Non compliant 2?compliant 2? B:

    namely suppression n elimination of political opposition n citizenry dissent and nurturing a herd of bootlickers, brownnosers, polanpas to be at the service with credits n rewards at the national expence financially or by way of promotion or appointment to govt funded public institution or company with government as a major shareholder with power of direct apptment or directive to appoint. This has been so well put in place n nepotism thereby estabished with GCT warming the seat like a faithful family puppy. This done n there is no restrain in doing what the regime want to ebpnsure their stability by amending the constitution n enlarging the polanp base. Their confidence has escalated their arrogance to even openly belittling the citizenry wrt wealth, education n social stading n extensively working in total opacity to citizenry. Whythey have so much to hide from public knowledge is alarming not only tothecitizebs ntheir children ngrandchildren but also totheautnoyof thenatio The excessively high foreigers/citizen popuation ration poses tremendous risk to national security n a mockery of National Service apart from adversed effect of social stability.

    LKH/LWL accusation of compliancy with claimed substantial evidence is not to be taken lightly by citizens among whom there have been several being legally bankrupted speculating similar things but without substantive evident document due to lack of transparency n hence lack of available information. Perhaps this could be the very reasons why this new accusation was not legally dealt with im Court but only wayanging in Parliament cumulating with self declarationi of not guilty as wayang closed.

    It is really the misfortune of the nation when professionals chooses to trade in their dignity, integrity n ethics of their profession tobootlick, brownoseor polanpa up the laddle of the jobs n wealth instead of fulfilling their sworn duties in servicing their down to earch real paymasters – the citizenry of the nation. Pathetic that such a nation of citizens which is admired by the wolrd community for its racial n religious haromy n diligence n tolerance is being rapidly consumed by nepotic and polanpa greed. Hopefully the wave of death of self gratifying govt flame up the patrotism of these good world respected citizens to regain their old self n rid the supresding regime n to verify what lie in thedarkness over the last 50 y that the nepotic regime n the compliant plps so afraid that Singaporeans may now.

    Awake fellow Singaporeans. Boot out the nepotic and polanpa extreme greeds.

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  • Learning from their master/s:

    Low crime doesnt mean no crimes.
    Just depends on where you look.

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  • Who pays the difference?:

    This happened about 5 years ago. The figures may be a little out as I don’t remember exactly. But the story is true.
    I was passing by a GP clinic in a HDB area and I saw a ointment tube for eye irritation that I usually use. I am a senior/retiree so qualify for some Govt subsidy scheme as displayed on the clinic’s showcase.
    So I walk in to buy from the receptionist, she said must see doctor first. So I saw doctor and doctor okayed the purchase and I collected the ointment tube from receptionist/nurse for $12. I was happy as at outside pharmacy that ointment tube cost about $15. Because I am senior I got $3 off, not bad subsidy I thought. Imagine my surprise when I peeped over the counter and saw a separate bill printout with my details on it, I believe the clinic will submit that claim from government. I could have swore it read $43, including consultation fee I guess. When I asked her, she quickly removed the printout from sight and kept silent.
    So I paid $12, I should be happy.
    The clinic billed whoever for $43. The doctor must be happy.
    So the big question is who is the sucker who will pay the difference of $31?

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  • Culture of greed!:

    What creates, causes, triggers , build up, contribute to the culture of greed?
    Now the motor workshop insurance scams are hitting the headlines yet again.
    These scams have been going on since time immemorial.
    Same same almost everywhere anywhere.
    This greed disease can never be completely treated.
    The disease is there in the air.

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  • Anon:

    @Haigen-Diaz:

    Spot on; this is not the Singapore I grew up in and lived unitil the late 1980s.

    Sad but true. Almost everyone seems to rely on an instrumental-calculative logic to establish how long a socialinteraction even should last; at the back of every such engagement is the question ‘what can I get out of this exchange! There are hardly any social situations left where this kind of thinking is left aside. Each is primarily concerned with his/her own self interest. It’s no longer a society, but an aggregation of self-serving individuals. How have we come to this? How have we come to a situation where medical professionals champion the free market principle rather than their professional responsibilities. An Irish consultant when he first got to Singapore and worked in a local hospital told me how embarrassed he was when his patient asked how much an operation would cost and he didn’t know because in Irish hospitals you only worry about getting an appointment for the operation to be done, not how much it would cost. It was a bit of a shock to him. I dare say by now, he will have been assimilated into this instrumental-calculation mentality.

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  • rukidding:

    Lets be DIRECT !

    NO ! it dosen’t make any SENSE AT ALL !

    And I pray for GOD to “fix” them !!!!!

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  • Andy Ho:

    Augustine, you may be on the verge of requiring the services if a copyeditor. Usually your pieces read very well. This piece, however, is shot through with grammatical errors and expressions that are not too idiomatic. But keep writing!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Another good reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Very very mediocre morals:

    Institutionalize professional avarice, and what have you?:
    $500,000 type non-entities; and money-minded meritocracy that craves for Swiss living (for itself).

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    @Anon
    You understood where this greed and this heartlessness comes from. The people actively destroying this country are the ones who directly benefited from its largess and opportunities and its covenant with decency and humanity. They manipulate others while filling their empty shelves with money and power. It’s why we desperately need all those seeking such power to undergo psychological and as well medical evaluations. Their immense power is producing immense destruction. Medical costs cannot be contained when physicians can charge for every procedure and make hundreds of thousands of dollars and when insurance companies take the cream off the top of every insurance dollar. Yes, compassion is needed in reining in costs. But “compassion” involves facets of collectivity and individual responsibility not really prized in this culture. Compassionate care and lowering of costs will involve a seismic shift in our political leadership.

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