It was also important for the private sector to develop a larger role in the provision of hospital-based healthcare services and it was anticipated that as various measures were implemented there would be a readjustment in the balance of public/private sector hospital-based care provision.
In addition to enhancing quality assurance throughout the healthcare system to ensure a high standard of uniformity of service, initiatives would also be taken to improve the patient redress mechanisms. More emphasis would be placed on lifelong education for all categories of medical professionals.
As far as healthcare funding was concerned, Dr Yeoh stated it was not the Government's view that radical measures were required, even though the present approach to funding could not be sustained over the long term at an acceptable cost to the community. The Government's main objective in future would be to direct public funding to lower income patients and to support services that are a major financial burden to patients. Through a combination of continued emphasis on cost control and improved productivity gains, review and reorganization of the public fee structure and the establishment of individual health protection accounts to help pay for service in old age, the community's healthcare needs could continue to be adequately met without the need for the imposition of excessive charges.
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