Wednesday, October 18, 2006

In The News

Pg H3, HOME Section, The Straits Times, October 18, 2006
Dispute Mediation helps both patients and dentists – Patients avoid legal bills and dentists pay less for insurance

by Salma Khalik

Hmm.

I didn’t realize that the Singapore Dental Association’s Ethics Committee handles mediation in patient-dentist disputes.

I wonder why the Singapore Medical Association doesn’t have a committee to do the same? Or at least facilitate the formation of a committee to do the same. I, for one, know that it is sorely needed.


Pg 23, World News, The Straits Times, Oct 18, 2006
Fast Track to Citizenship: Join the US military

This is an article taken from Reuters.

I find it ironic that PRs/immigrants in the United States are literally dying to take up US citizenship while Singaporeans & PRs here try all ways & means to get out of doing NS, or at least, to get their PES rating downgraded.

So much for patriotism, eh? It’s no wonder that the ICS responded to a reader’s suggestion to allow dual citizenship with this letter:

Oct 14, 2006
Singapore not ready for dual citizenship

I REFER to the letter by Mr Bertrand Teo Ming Shan, 'Can ICA be flexible in dual citizenship case?' (ST, Sept 27).

Dual citizenship is a policy that has to be considered carefully and thoroughly.

We have yet to reach the stage of nationhood where a Singaporean with a second citizenship would still retain his identity and loyalty to Singapore as his homeland wherever he goes, with his second citizenship being only of secondary importance.

Lim Jing Jing (Ms)
Senior Public & Internal Communications Executive
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority



Pg 20, World News, The Straits Times, Oct 18, 2006
Disabled girl without a home.

This story is about a girl named Charlotte Wyatt who was born 3 months premature in October 2004. Her parents had fought in the courts to require that doctors provide artificial ventilation if her condition worsened. I guess they succeeded, because she is still alive, albeit with serious brain, lung & kidney damage. Her treatment apparently costs close to S$900 a day; she requires 3 litres of oxygen every minute; she is fed & medicated through a nasal tube. Her parents are now separated (apparently due to the strain of coping with this situation), & now, social workers are looking for foster parents to look after Charlotte as both mum & dad are unable to do so.

I had previously blogged about this issue of sustaining life at all costs as part of an earlier entry.

Is it worth it?


Live Cell Therapy???

And finally, I spotted an ad in the Mind Your Body section of the papers for an organization called Villa Medica Asia which is “one of the few approved clinics to administer the live cell therapy”. A google search revealed that indications for this therapy which involves injection of animal derived cellular material into the patient, includes a whole host of conditions, ranging from exhaustion to menopause to retarded development in children! Wow!

Hmm (again). I wonder how MOH/SMC/SMA will respond to this amazing & miraculous treatment.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We have yet to reach the stage of nationhood where a Singaporean with a second citizenship would still retain his identity and loyalty to Singapore as his homeland wherever he goes, with his second citizenship being only of secondary importance."

Yeah right. This Lim Jing Ming needs to know to get third culture individuals better.

The ironic thing is that I cannot escape my Singaporean roots and identity wherever I go, as much as I resent the Singaporean government.

If in fact dual citizenship were allowed, it would help cement stronger ties rather than me having to choose between a dichotomy.

igakunogakusei said...

"Live Cell Therapy" firstly is such a misnomer, just from reading the sketchy info they provide on their website, and secondly spells d-e-a-t-h to me in no uncertain terms.

Forget BSE, the serum sickness will kill you before any signs of CJD start to manifest.

So it's not even "live" and it kills.

I wonder how polite the MOH/SMC/SMA will be. Haha.