New healthcare, housing and education measures welcomed by S'poreans

New healthcare, housing and education measures welcomed by S'poreans

SINGAPORE - More than 7 in 10 people felt that this year's National Day Rally (NDR) 2013 announcements boosted their confidence in Singapore's future, and believed that together, Singaporeans will be able to deal with the challenges ahead.

These were the responses in a REACH telephone poll carried out from 20 to 29 August 2013 to gauge Singaporeans' sentiments towards the Rally. 853 respondents aged 20 and above, who had heard or read the NDR speech and have some knowledge of the issues raised in the speech, were randomly selected and polled.

In a statement to the media, REACH revealed that the policy shifts for healthcare, housing and education in the Rally were warmly welcomed, with the majority agreeing that the various measures will ensure that healthcare and housing remain affordable, and that our children can develop to their maximum potential.

Overall, 73% of poll respondents felt that the Rally announcements boosted their confidence in Singapore's future, while 75% believed that together, Singaporeans will be able to deal with the challenges ahead.

On Healthcare announcements

Overall, 81% agreed that the new healthcare measures will ensure the affordability of public healthcare, especially for older and lower income Singaporeans.

86% supported the introduction of MediShield Life, which will cover all Singaporeans, including those with pre-existing conditions.

The removal of the age limit for the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) received the strongest support, with 90% supporting the measure.

On Housing measures

Overall, 76% agreed that the new housing measures will better ensure that public housing is affordable for those in the lower- and middle-income groups.

84% supported the move to keep the prices of Build-To-Order flats stable to ensure that public housing is more affordable for first time home buyers.

Significantly, more than 8 in 10 (81%) supported the extension of the Special CPF Housing Grant to include middle-income first-time home buyers.

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