Sunday, June 5, 2011

Singapore medical cartel 2: Depriving working class Singaporean the elite medical education

Lee Weiling daughter of Lee Kuan Yew create a sensation in internet when she revealed that “At my hospital, the National Neuroscience Institute, we have a disproportionate percentage of doctors who are Indians – 27 per cent. There are many Indian doctors in other hospitals. By and large, race is not an issue for patients, except for a few among the less educated and the older among them.” Ms Lee did not revealed the number of expat Indians among them. 

Not too long ago, the medical cartel profits by limiting the enrollment of medical schools in local university. Many of the poor Singaporeans that meet the grade are forced to study something else, because getting into medical school is almost like striking lottery. The rich can of course pay their way to attend expensive medical school overseas.

Talent dumped by medical school
I estimate that for every medical student, there are at least 2 others with the same stellar results, but are deprived enrollment.

The most famous victim is Chen Show Mao, although it is unclear whether Chen is of working class background. Graduated as the top student in Singapore for the 1979 “A” level examinations, scoring straight As in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics B as well as A1s for General Paper and Chinese.

Despite graduating as the top student for the 1979 “A” level examinations, Chen did not gain admission into the local medical school.

Thereupon, he pursued his undergraduate studies with Major in Economics at Harvard University. Chen graduated from Harvard University in 1986 and from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University in 1988, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1992 Chen received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and in 2005 received his M.A. from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

He eventually becomes one of the top lawyers.

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