Disappointed that MP did not respond to query on increasing nursing home costs

Some six months ago, the nursing home where my mum is staying increased the daily charge by $1 from $70 to $71.

It was only last month that the government had decided to absorb the 7% GST charges on the nursing home services.

I just received a letter from the nursing home informing me that the daily charge will be raised from $71 to $93 (i.e. 31% increase) from this month. The nursing home said that the increase is being made to be in line with the government’s norm rates, for such healthcare services, as they represent the true costs of caring for the elderly in the intermediate and long-term care services.

Frankly, I am shocked by this substantial increase.

Early this year, even before all these increases were implemented, I wrote to the relevant authorities about the very high costs of elderly and health care services in Singapore. In particular, I cited the nursing home charges (including GST) and multiple government charges for using our personal Medisave to defray part of the payment for our medical costs. The reply to me from a frontline government officer is a terse and standard one – the cost is real. In other words, we have to continue to pay and pay.

I brought up this matter to my MP. However, I am still disappointed that he had chosen to remain silent and not to reply to me.

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11 Responses to “Disappointed that MP did not respond to query on increasing nursing home costs”

  • No income also must Pay:

    When the GST is raised to 9% or 11% after coming Election, then there will be much more payment$$$$ of your hard earned money.

    GST is taxing the Poor, while the rich literally escape with lower income tax as a result.

    GST is a “MULTIPLE TAX SYSTEM” based on change of hands, example from Seller A to Seller B to Seller C to End User. All will have to increase the prices as all of them will have to pay the GST tax and hikes. Citizens of Singapore end up suffering and pay more than 9% or 11%. It means you will be paying multiples of the GST tax depending on the number of hands exchanged.

    Under the PAPi, literally no more loves, no more lives, have to steal lunch boxes, become gojek or hawkers and good paying jobs goes to FTs.

    How much are you paying to the GST? [based on 80% spent]

    Take Home Pay Last 5 Yrs @ 7% Next 5 Yrs @ 9% Total Lost
    $1,000—————–$4,095—————————–$5,265—————————-$9,360
    $1,500—————–$6,142.5————————$7,897.5——————-$14,040
    $2,000—————–$8,190————————–$10,530————————–$18,720
    $2,500—————–$10,237.5—————–$13,162.5———————$23,400
    $3,000—————–$12,285———————-$15,795————————–$28,080
    $4,000—————–$16,380———————-$21,060————————–$37,440
    $5,000—————–$20,475———————-$26,325————————–$46,800
    $6,000—————–$24,570———————-$31,590————————–$56,160
    $7,000—————–$28,665———————-$36,855————————–$65,520
    $8,000—————–$32,760———————-$42,120————————–$74,880

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  • opposition dude:

    Sorry PAP only understands money and nothing else. This is why water prices were up a wallopping 30% in one go and why our transport fares are going up by 7 cents at the end of this year.

    And it’s also why GST will be 9% in the next few years. So this increase in nursing home charges is business as usual for PAP, nothing strange nor unexpected about it.

    Just remember, as long as PAP is in power you can expect everything to go up and not come down. You want the cost of living to come down then you better damn well ensure that after the next GE the number of monkeys, donkeys and turkeys are substantially reduced to send them a crystal clear signal or else all of us will have to bear with more increases in transport fares, food and anything else you can think of!

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  • Asd:

    To dry up yr cpf $$

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  • TruBlu:

    Ageing population needs pro-ageing policies.
    Build RETIREMENT VILLAGES for retirees.
    Cut cost of living like making retirement villages GST-FREE ZONES.

    ECONOMY OF LARGE SCALE CAN BE EFFICIENTLY APPLIED LIKE PHYSIO,GERIATIC CLINICS,CANTEEN,MINI-MART N PHARMACY TO MINI THEATRES N COTTAGE INDUSTRY FOR MORE ABLED RETIREES TO KEEP BUSY N EARN SMALL KEEPS.

    THIS IS VERY DOABLE.
    ONLY HURDLE IS PAPgahmen do not care enough.
    Their major concern is TO MAKE MONEY FROM sgs so that they can squander on themselves n some aliens.

    Time to change n TIME FOR CHANGE!

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  • Bapak:

    Who did you voted for, is the answer bro.

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  • believe pap die fast faster:

    sometimes we think such writers are pap IBs masquerading as helpless citizens who get no help from pap civil serpeants nor their MPs yet show stupidity in continuing to vote pap for more of same misery.

    in the hope others catch the stupid disease and so become sheep which their BS writings are hoping to influence so that although suffering under pap continue voting pap citing others also say so what, or bo bian.

    when we read such pap tricks after GE2015 we just say, good try, and move on. not a single tear nor the lifting of a single finger. because such pap tricks in 70% sheep land do not work on us 30% OPPO folks.

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  • RDB:

    Greed knows no end.

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  • Comment via TREMERITUS:

    Did you get other subsidies, rebates and vouchers related to this issue?
    You will get more soon, GST vouchers for the coming GST increase.
    I am not sure if you will receive any if you live in private property.

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  • justanothercitizen:

    Bapak:
    Who did you voted for, is the answer bro.

    Our older generation trusted this party and LKY to run this country. They now RULE this country. And the children of that generation (ie. the writer’s generation) are suffering the consequence of that misplace trust.
    Don’t repeat the same mistake by putting our trust in any one individual or party.

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  • Bobo:

    What is the moral of this story? If you don’t dumb the old and spoilt vaccumb cleaner, your children have to dumb you together. What’s the logic then? It is because you kept insisting to keep it.

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are part of a regime that does not care for elderly Singaporeans, all Singaporeans should take control and VOTE THEM OUT !

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