Healthcare systems around the world

I watched a documentary about US healthcare system entitled SiCKO, recommended and given by Jatdeng. At first I thought it’s just another crappy documentary until I learnt that this documentary is produced by Michael Moore (the producer of Farenheit 9/11).

This documentary tells about how crappy American healthcare system is; where US falls to number 37 of worldwide healthcare ranking according to World Health Organization WHO, just a point or two ahead of Slovenia and Cuba. Guess who are the winners? France and Italy. Singapore is number 6 (If I get an illness and want a 1st class treatment, definitely will go there). Malaysia is the 49th and surprisingly even Thailand outranks Malaysia (47th)! Harharhar!!

 Jeng jeng, guess where is Russia in the list???? Scroll down this website and check out for number 130!!

Michael Moore stresses on how evil the insurance companies are in America; how they deny treatment for patients so they can accrue 9-number figure profits, how they make medications and operations very expensive, that an uninsured middle finger reattachment costs 60,000 USD one has to let it go because he can’t afford it. It is as if the insurance companies should write books on patient management instead of turning to clinical medicine bibles.

He also compares US system with Canada, France, UK and Cuba, where healthcare is very very cheap, if not free.

I totally recommend this documentary for those who want to know more about the healthcare systems in different countries. Meanwhile, here is a news about mobile clinic initiated by a doctor in Singapore. Will Malaysia be keen to provide such mobile doctor services?


Zipping around in his Opel Combo mini-van with the words “The HouseCall GP” emblazoned on its side, general practitioner Dr Choo Wei Chieh takes the road less travelled. For medical professionals, that is.

Armed with his mobile arsenal of tools and medicine, the 36-year-old father of two travels all over Singapore making house calls.

I wanted to do something of my own and differentiate myself rather than open a GP clinic in a neighbourhood,” says Dr Choo, who worked as a stand-in doctor at private clinics and in the accident and emergency (A&E) units of hospitals for a decade before striking out on his own.

The HouseCall GP was started in May 2006, and is a one-man outfit. Dr Choo charges from S$120 (RM176) to S$200 (RM460) between 8am and 10pm, and S$200 (RM460) to S$250 (RM575) after 10pm. The charges are for consultation and exclude medication.

He says his patient count varies, and there are days he does not get a single call. But he remains optimistic: “I foresee a big need for this kind of services because of the growing elderly population.”

Singapore deserves to be in top ten.  


3 thoughts on “Healthcare systems around the world

  1. mobile doctor services in malaysia?? takut kena samun ar.. wrong place at the wrong time n wham..u’ll be shot..kaka..

  2. Correct, plus the petrol’s price is sky high and not so much of equipments to bring along except the clinical skills of the doctor.

    But anyways, it’s good initiative.

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