Health is wealth; at Summit Planners we believe that managing your health is just as important as looking after your finances. After all, you can better enjoy the fruits of your labour with a healthy body! If you already have a comprehensive healthcare insurance plan in place, that’s great! But if you don’t and see no need for one, may the story below might inspire you to think a little differently.
A man was stuck on his rooftop due to a terrible flood and was praying to God for help.
Soon a man in a rowboat came by and threw a float to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded man shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”
So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. The man in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.” To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”
To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.” So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven where he came face to face with God. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you and prayed fervently; but you didn’t save me and let me drown. I don’t understand why!”
To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?
Did you manage to inference the analogies? The float represents government provisions (Medishield Life); the motorboat refers to integrated shield plan providers such as Aviva and NTUC, and finally the helicopter, symbolising private hospitals. The moral of the story: medical care in Singapore is manageable if you decide to manage it!
This is especially pertinent in Singapore’s context, where healthcare costs are inflating at one of the highest rates in the region. Coupled with factors such as an ageing population and cancer rates increasing, healthcare costs weigh heavily on the horizon. While it is true that Singapore has one of the best public healthcare systems in the world, you may be surprised to find that private healthcare can be more affordable than you imagined.
Rather than leaving your health and fate to chance, why not explore the different options available to you right now? Speak to our Planners to find out more, or if you have any enquiries about your current plans and coverage.
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