Affordable, quality healthcare a key concern
One main concern among Singaporeans is getting access to affordable, quality healthcare, a pre-Budget survey has found.
Government feedback arm Reach gathered opinions from more than 2,500 Singaporeans from Dec 3 last year to Jan 11 to find out how they thought the Government can better support them. It published the results yesterday.
Many people called for better coordination and sharing of resources and data among the Government, healthcare providers and social service sector.
They also called for a reassessment of how subsidies are allocated so they can better serve those who need them most.
Also of importance to Singaporeans is a conducive environment to start families. To that end, respondents asked for greater support in terms of access to housing, quality early childhood education and an improved work-life balance.
Other suggestions included providing more subsidised childcare services, school supplies and more outreach programmes to reach lower-income families.
Tapping a wider community network, like local grassroots organisations, would allow these children to receive more comprehensive support, they said.
Many Singaporeans acknowledged the need for the country to maintain a competitive edge and suggested that companies foster a spirit of innovation by developing research capabilities and encouraging employees to undergo training.
They also noted the ongoing fight against terrorism and the need to stay vigilant and resilient, and suggested that the Government work with companies to instil in their employees the concept of total defence.
As for building a more caring society, some participants said volunteering should be made compulsory for tertiary students, while others suggested perks for working adults to volunteer, such as tax rebates or days off from work.
- RACHEL AU-YONG