State media: Singapore nursing homes are more ‘affordable’ in JB
Posted by temasektimes on June 24, 2012
Faced with an aging population and rising healthcare costs, the state media has been subtly suggesting to Singaporeans that they should send their elderly parents to ‘retire’ in nursing homes across the Causeway if they are unable to afford to pay for nursing homes here.
A report carried yesterday wrote that some nursing homes in Singapore have set up branches in Johor Bahru to ‘cater’ specifically to Singaporeans who are looking for a more affordable alternative.
One of them is LC private nursing home which charges only ‘half’ of the prices in Malaysia as compared to Singapore. It quoted the owner of the home Dr Tony Chia as saying that it is a more ‘affordable’ option for those who are in financial difficulties.
Unlike other First World countries, Singapore has no comprehensive social safety net for its elderly citizens, leaving Singaporeans to bear the brunt of taking care of their parents.