Why is Singapore’s public healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP so low?
I refer to the article “May to unveil £20bn a year boost to NHS spending” (The Guardian, Jun 16).
It states that “Taxpayers are to be asked to help fund a £20bn a year injection of extra cash into the National Health Service by 2023-24 that will pay for thousands more doctors and nurses, while cutting cancer deaths and improving mental health services, Theresa May will say today.”
In this connection, it was reported in the Singapore media this year that Singapore’s public healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP was 2.2 per cent – and the United Kingdom’s was 9.8 per cent – does it mean that the UK’s is about four times that of Singapore’s?
Also, does it mean that from a cashflow perspective – we may not be spending any money on healthcare, as the inflows exceed the outflows every year?
Leong Sze Hian