February 12th, 2009 lawrence.gan
Has it ever crossed your mind that you will one day send your elderly parents to a nursing home (old folk’s home)? If you are a Singaporean, will you also consider the option of sending them to a nursing home in Johor Bahru?
The numbers seem to suggest this as a feasible option. After all, a typical nursing home in Johor Bahru cost around S$650, less than half the price charged in Singapore. On 10th Feb 2009, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan also cited the other factors which make nursing homes in Johor Bahru a serious consideration:
1. Proximity to Singapore – Facilitate visits and easy access to medical facilities in Singapore during emergencies.
2. Comparative standard of healthcare in nursing homes between Singapore and Johor Bahru.
Clearly, Mr. Khaw has touched on a raw nerve. Relocating across the causeway will not sit in nicely with most elderly and the feeling is just different residing across the BRIDGE from your loved ones. There is still a strong sense of social stigma against this option.
But there are some households which are struggling to make ends meet. Managed delicately, Johor Bahru nursing homes can still turn out to be the better arrangement for some.
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