Singapore’s health care system holds valuable lessons for U.S.

first_img Read Full Story The United States could learn a thing or two from Singapore when it comes to providing quality health care at reasonable cost, according to biologist, entrepreneur, and author William Haseltine.Intrigued by the fact that the Southeast Asian nation spends only 3% of its GDP on health care in contrast to the United States’ nearly 18%—yet has a healthier population—Haseltine, president and founder of the think tank ACCESS Health International, examined Singapore’s approach to health care in his 2013 book, Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Health Story.He thinks that Singapore’s emphasis on “social harmony”—on ensuring that everything in society works well and smoothly—is a key factor in that nation’s health care achievements. “They believe that nobody in their country, even a foreigner, will go without health care,” Haseltine said during a January 15, 2014 talk at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where he served as a professor from 1976-92. “If they have to put more money into it to help to help the vulnerable population and the very old population, they do it.”Haseltine gave a Centennial Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Book Presentation to a standing-room-only audience in Kresge G-2. HSPH Dean Julio Frenk introduced Haseltine as “a Renaissance person”—an accomplished basic researcher in HIV/AIDS, cancer, and genomics; an innovator who founded several successful biotechnology companies; and a researcher of health systems.last_img read more

Ghana vs Guinea Bissau: Christian Atsu ruled out, Jonathan Mensah doubtful

first_imgChristian Atsu has been tentatively ruled out of Ghana’s last Group F game against Guinea Bissau on Tuesday after he picked up a muscle injury in Ghana’s 0-0 draw against Cameroon last Saturday.Center back, Jonathan Mensah, meanwhile, remains doubtful for the game after also picking up an injury against Cameroon.Both players were sent for scans on Sunday and head coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed Atsu’s injury is severe but indicated that Mensah’s situation will be monitored closely during this evening’s training session in Suez.“The doctor took Atsu for a scan and Jonathan as well who also picked up an injury. We will have today’s training and we wait for the full report.“According to the doctor, Atsu doesn’t look good but Jonathan will take part in the training session today to assess his situation,” Appiah said at his pre-match press conference.Kwesi Appiah however maintained that he still has enough options at the center back position to cover for the absence of Jonathan Mensah, if he fails to recover, and Kasim Nuhu, who is suspended for the game.“We have about 5 players who can play at center back so hopefully we should be fine,” Appiah said.Ghana must beat Guinea Bissau in their last Group F game in Suez to qualify to the round of 16.The game will take place at the 27,000 capacity Suez Stadium, home of Egyptian Premier League side, Petrojet.Kick off is at 6pm local time, 4pm in Ghana.last_img read more