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Strategic Orientations in Singapore Healthcare

Article  -  Clive Tan, Jeremy Lim

Medical doctors Jeremy Lim and Clive Tan unpack the principles underlying Singapore’s healthcare policy, and examine how these are reflected in cost and delivery structures.

Embracing Complexity in Healthcare

Opinion  -  Aaron Maniam, Clive Tan

In a complex environment where centralised planning has limited effectiveness, simple rules may allow the system to evolve organically towards shared goals.

Ageing Repositioned: Singapore in the New Global Demography

Article  -  Sarah Harper

Singapore will soon be one of the demographically oldest countries in East Asia, as measured by the proportion of the population aged 65 and over. The median age of Singapore residents has increased over the past quarter-century, from 24.4 years in 1980 to over 35 today. This has been fuelled by a fall in Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate, which now stands at 1.24 per resident female, one of the lowest in the world.

Poverty, Capabilities and Social Justice

Interview  -  Martha C. Nussbaum

The renowned social philosopher discusses her concept of essential human capabilities, and their implications for dealing with poverty and social development.

Workfare: The Fourth Pillar of Social Security in Singapore

Article  -  Jacqueline Poh

Singapore’s latest labour policy is more than a wage supplement scheme—it is a bold new addition to the social safety net in today’s volatile economic environment.

Editorial Issue 3

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

Rethinking Responsibility

Opinion  -  Stephanie Siow, Theophilus Kwek

Two young Singaporeans reflect on whether narratives of self-reliance may obscure deeper structural gaps.

Opinion: The Real Challenges of an Ageing Population

Opinion  -  Andrew Kwok

The ageing of populations worldwide has had national governments scrambling to stave off looming economic decline and fiscal disarray.

Defeating Diabetes: A Conversation with Dean Schillinger, MD

Conversation  -  Dean Schillinger

Dr Dean Schillinger proposes a whole-of-society battle plan for combating one of the most pervasive health issues in modern society.

Opinion: Social Policy in Singapore: A Crucible of Individual Responsibility

Opinion  -  Ron Haskins

The co-Director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families explains why he finds Singapore’s social policy remarkably effective.