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Tan Yia Swam on Building a Healthier SG

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Some patients choose not to know anything about their own body. On the other hand, some people "Google non-stop" and take bits of information with inadequate context, and even argue with healthcare professionals about what is correct medical care. "What is the right balance?" NMP Tan Yia Swam asked in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 4). She said good basic health education and understanding of how the health system works are key. It is also important to have a good doctor-patient relationship as it gives much better outcomes and satisfaction. She stressed the need for public education and support for doctors to do their work well. She added that it is "demeaning" to think of healthcare purely as a business and transaction.   

Some patients choose not to know anything about their own body. On the other hand, some people "Google non-stop" and take bits of information with inadequate context, and even argue with healthcare professionals about what is correct medical care. "What is the right balance?" NMP Tan Yia Swam asked in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 4). She said good basic health education and understanding of how the health system works are key. It is also important to have a good doctor-patient relationship as it gives much better outcomes and satisfaction. She stressed the need for public education and support for doctors to do their work well. She added that it is "demeaning" to think of healthcare purely as a business and transaction.   

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