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A highly personalised prescription - FT.com

A highly personalised prescription - FT.com | Narrative(s) | Scoop.it
Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story, by William A Haseltine, Brookings Institution, RRP£15.99/RRP$22.95 All over the world, ageing populations, falling birth rates and evermore ingenious scientific methods of keeping us alive for...
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This is a review of the book :Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story. The review mentions that other countries should review and learn from Singapore's healthcare system which has proved to be successful. However, it is also noted that it is not easy to wholesale copy or change the healthcare system of a country. Ther are many factors involved and some includes the nation's culture as well as the political traditions.

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Public service wants to up its game

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Civil Service Head Peter Ong invites Singaporeans to join hands with civil servants to take Singapore forward, discusses public sector talent and salaries and government transparency. -Singapolitics
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This is an interview with Civil Service Head Peter Ong to mark the Public Service Week and it discusses mainly on public sector challenges, talent, salaries and government transparency.

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Singapore: Butterfly or frog?

Singapore: Butterfly or frog? | Narrative(s) | Scoop.it
Singapore is undergoing a metamorphosis. Indeed, it is likely to be a mighty metamorphosis. Having lived in Singapore for 64 years, I find it hard to recall a period of greater transformation.
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This article brings out the fact that Singaporeans has become unhappier over the last 10 years. It is also stated that Singapore is the least positive and least emotional nation among other 140 countries and it is believed that most Singaporeans choose to be unhappy. The tension of increasing immigrants is being discussed in the article and showed that there is a need to view the emotional dimension of Singaporean causing the unhappiness rather than just relying it on rational analysis.

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This paper presents an empirical methodology to separate out a housing price trend into fundamental and affordable components in Singapore.
The study introduced a new measure of affordable housing based on an estimation of lifetime income, instead of current income levels. A price – lifetime income ratio of less than 30% is used to represent affordable housing prices. It then tried to establish the fundamental price level, the equilibrium housing price level and the affordable price level in Singapore:

• The study estimated that the fundamental price increase, driven by factors such as income, should have been about 7% for private housing and 10% for HDB housing. Based on the new measure of affordability, HDB housing price inflation seems to be largely driven by fundamentals.

• Housing affordability measured by the price income ratio shows a deteriorating trend across all income groups. However, by the new measure of affordability, housing affordability has not deteriorated to the level as seen in 1996.

• Counter‐----factual simulations indicated that immigration/ population policy seems to be less effective than housing supply policy in bringing down housing price inflation. Relevance to HDB: NUS SCAPE’s findings and methodology may provide useful insights for an assessment of housing price trends and the effectiveness of our current ramp up building programme.

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Smart Work Centres Coming To to The Heartlands Soon - About Us - Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Smart Work Centres Coming To to The Heartlands Soon - About Us - Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore | Narrative(s) | Scoop.it
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IDA, together with Employer Alliance, MSF, MOM, NTUC and Singapore National Employers Federation have launched a call for proposal to set up smart work centers in Singapore’s heartlands. The 5 proposed community spaces where smart work centers could be set up are the libraries or community centers at Jurong, Geyland East, Toa Payoh, Kampong Ubi and Kolam Ayer. This is part of an overall effort to bring work closer to the homes and communities and to facilitate new ways of work. 

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Joseph E. Stiglitz - Opinionator - NYTimes.com

Joseph E. Stiglitz - Opinionator - NYTimes.com | Narrative(s) | Scoop.it
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In this article, the main point is on inequality and how it will affect the economic well-being of a country. It has been stated that societies with fewer economic disparities perform better and the reason to why Singapore become one of the Asia's economic "tigers" is because Singapore has been curbing inequalities. For example, wages at the bottom were not beaten down to the exploitative levels they could have been. The other bulk of the article disucssed on the four distinctive aspects of the Singaporean model which lead to our stable economic growth. 

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Singapore seeks sustainability through analytics technology | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare

Singapore seeks sustainability through analytics technology | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare | Narrative(s) | Scoop.it
FutureGov – Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare
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Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has established the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Computational Social Science and Engineering to address sustainable urban development in key areas such as transportation management, energy management and consumer behaviour and lifestyles based on real-world data using High-Performance Computing (HPC)-enabled analytics. The purpose is to derive an understanding of complex dynamics within Singapore as well as to deploy the power of modelling and simulation to guide both critical decisions in resource allocation and implementation of solutions. Relevance to HDB: Possible opportunities for HDB to leverage on the insights generated from A*STAR to further strengthen urban planning. 

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