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Written by Ng E-Jay
25 February 2014
Yesterday, we read the sad news in the Straits Times (Breaking News, 24 Feb) that Some kidney patients had refused treatment and had choose to die.
According to the article, some patients are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it.
For instance, out of the 24 patients at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) who had declined dialysis treatment in 2011, two were denied treatment because their families refused to bear the cost, and another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families. Yet another six rejected the treatment because they felt it was too expensive.
By Dr Wong Wee Nam
On 28th January 2014, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the students attending the NTU Students’ Union Ministerial Forum that Singaporeans need to be united and cohesive, with a common purpose and a common goal to make Singapore better. There is nothing profound in this statement and anyone with a bit of commonsense will not disagree with Mr Lee.
There is no doubt the world will change in the next 50 years in ways that we cannot imagine. His reassurances were: “We need to educate our students better, with knowledge and skills for the future, with values and good character to deal with life’s uncertainties.”