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Daily Archives: 2018-03-09

MOH takes 13 years to discover zero co-payment policies encourage “buffet syndrome”

On Wed (7 Mar), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament that co-payment in healthcare plays an important role in ensuring that the healthcare system is sustainable. However, he noted that some private insurance policies had offered zero co-payment coverage. He said that this encourages a "buffet syndrome" in patients. "They are called full riders," Gan explained. "Such riders encourage …

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AVA recalls all rockmelons from Australia as a precautionary measure

Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has announced the recall of rockmelons from a specific grower in Australia on 7 March, which indicated that more implicated consignments had been exported to Singapore, after the Australian authorities provided new information on the matter. The Australian authority stated that the whole rockmelons (cantaloupe) from this grower have been linked to an outbreak of human …

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AWARE and DPA: Employment Act amendments can do more to protect vulnerable employees

AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and DPA (Disabled People’s Association) welcome the Government’s move to amend the Employment Act (EA) to remove the salary cap so that it covers all workers, and to transfer the hearing of wrongful dismissal claims from the Minister for Manpower to the Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT). “These are important steps forward to …

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Train disruption along EWL on Friday morning and afternoon

Disruption of train service occurred again this morning (9 March) along the East West Line (EWL). According to commuters, it was a track fault at Tanah Merah station that caused the delays, but no official announcement was published in the morning by transport operator, Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT). It later made an announcement at 12pm for passengers to add 15 minutes …

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