Although vitamins and supplements are not regulated by any government agency or organization in terms of their efficacy or even their authenticity and purity, just about everyone I know takes them. And many people even swear by them. The HSA states on their website that “unlike medicines which contain potent medicinal ingredients, health supplements are currently not subject to approvals, licensing or registration before being sold in the local market.”
Many people are unaware of this warning, and believe that as long as they buy from local stores, they are buying a product that has been tested and found to be safe and effective. Online sources, for many, are considered unsafe. However, there really is little difference since all supplements, no matter their source, are not regulated. But if you buy from local “brick and mortar” stores, such as Guardian, Unity, GNC, or Holland & Barrett, you may be spending 10-50% more than if you buy online. The selection online is also more vast. (more…)
For Singaporeans and PRs, public healthcare is subsidised. The cost can be a mere fraction of the cost compared to private healthcare rates. So why would one choose to pay more and go through the private healthcare route? Here are some common reasons why this might make sense.
Please note that this is just a general and simplistic summary, and that you may need to consult your doctor or other healthcare provider to discuss your specific needs, conditions, and treatment options. Also, please note that in this post, “private rates” refers to “unsubsidised rates”, not necessarily to a specific private institution (since even public institutions provide private services). (more…)
As I mentioned in my profile, I have a rare medical condition that requires me to frequently get blood tests. I normally go to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for all my blood draws, as it is centrally located. But recently, I had to get my blood drawn at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital as I am seeing a new doctor there. Upon leaving the hospital, I was shocked when I got the bill….. (more…)
Gym memberships are too expensive for a frugal gal like me. Fortunately, Health Promotion Board (HPB) offers a wide array of workouts and fitness programmes, which are all absolutely free and available to the general public. They have partnered with gyms, fitness centres, and malls to bring you just about every type of trendy workout, from Zumba to Bokwa, Boxercise, hot yoga, Sh’Bam, kickboxing, Body Balance, and KpopX fitness. Whatever your fitness level is, here’s your chance to renew your commitment to improve your health and see for yourself why these fitness workouts are so popular and effective.
Please note that registration is required. And if you have been sedentary for a long period of time, you might need to check with your doctor to see if you are able to participate in these workouts. (more…)
If you are taking a medication for a chronic condition (hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.), there’s a chance that you might be paying more than you actually need to pay. You might be able to get the same type of drug to treat the same condition for a mere fraction of the cost. And I’m not just talking about choosing generic over brand name. There’s something that’s even better than that. Something that most Singaporeans are not aware of. (more…)