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Planned topics for MargaretJane.org – can you contribute?

Here’s a running list of planned topics for MargaretJane.org. If you would like to contribute information or write a piece for our website or suggest another topic we should cover, please leave a comment or email us at info@margaretjane.org

If you have a personal story about your family in Singapore’s healthcare system, please read Share Your Story on how you can raise your voice in our national conversation on healthcare for children. 

  • How could we pay free healthcare for children?
  • How are medical costs determined by the government?
  • An ordinary citizen’s guide to the Ministry of Health
  • What happens when your medisave runs out?
  • How much more do single parents end up paying?
  • When will medisave be extended to cover congenital birth defects?
  • Subsidizing IVF but not pre-natal checkups?
  • The HPV vaccine should be free for children
  • How do other countries with free healthcare for children make it work?
  • Do we have enough child psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers?
  • Trustfunds for children with disabilities
  • Breaking down Singapore’s healthcare budget
  • Downgrading and upgrading classes – practical tips
  • Your baby is in the NICU – practical tips
  • What your MP can do to help with medical costs
  • Children’s healthcare charities in Singapore
  • What’s a medical social worker?
  • Special education, special costs – how do families manage?
  • How the Baby Bonus works and doesn’t

 

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Contact us

We would love to hear from you! If you’re interested in writing an article or sharing your own story or opinions for MargaretJane.org, we’re interested in anything related to children’s healthcare in Singapore. You can always email us directly at info@margaretjane.org.


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Share Your Story

Tell us about your family’s personal experience in Singapore. You can email us directly at info@margaretjane.org, or use the form below to start.

If you’d like to write about health care issues, please check out our list of planned topics for ideas and to contribute your own.

The easiest way to tell a story is to start at the beginning and write out the events. It can be super hard to write about something painful at first but afterwards, you can understand the experience better and the memories feels less overwhelming. You might try writing down a memory from each day or month.

Another way could be to explain your child’s condition and treatments just as if you were writing to a friend who cared but didn’t know anything. Tell them what you wish they understood.

Write down the little moments – funny, warm and sad – that you remember most clearly.

Sometimes, telling a story is like throwing a lifeline to the families going through the same experiences behind you — what you learned first-hand can make their journey a little less lonely and a little better.

We will send you a copy of your story before it is published so you can confirm that you would like to share it on MargaretJane.org.

Submitting your story

  • You can submit stories in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil. English is probably going to get more people reading it, but please write in the language you’re most comfortable with.
  • We’re happy to help edit your story if you need some help. Just let us know and we’ll follow up on your story before we publish it.
  • Please be careful about libel and slander – basically, don’t say anything that you can’t stand behind.
  • Your story still belongs to you, even when it’s posted to MargaretJane.org. You can share it on other websites or media.
  • If you’d like to be anonymous, you can just use initials or different names and change identifying details.

Photographs

  • To include photographs or videos, please email them directly to info@margaretjane.org
  • If you don’t include a photograph with your story, we will add a non-identifying illustration

Comments

  • All stories are posted with comments allowed. Because people can be jerks on the internet, you may get some mean comments. MargaretJane.org will moderate any harassment or trolling up to banning people and deleting the comments. However, critical comments that are polite will remain. You don’t have to respond to them unless you want to.

Changes

  • Minor changes like spelling and punctuation will be updated directly. If you need to make major changes to your story or add additional information, a note explaining the changes will be added to the top of the updated story.
  • If you change your mind and want to remove your story, that’s okay.

Share your story

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About MargaretJane.org

Margaret Jane is a community site about improving children’s healthcare in Singapore set up by Dale Edmonds. I want to bring together the voices of parents and children, civil servants, medical staff and other Singaporeans to share our experiences, ideas and information.

The big questions behind Margaret Jane are:

  • Why does Singapore, one of the wealthiest and most advanced nations in the world, make families choose between poverty and their children’s healthcare?
  • Does the relatively high cost of healthcare for children make people hesitate to have children or to have bigger families?
  • Why does our society pass the cost of caring for children with chronic illnesses or challenges to their families?
  • What can we do to make Singapore a place where all children get a chance to grow up healthy and cared-for?
  • How much would it really cost to make healthcare free for children in Singapore?

Margaret Jane is also the name of my little girl born November 17, 2011. She was born ten weeks early in an emergency C-section and spent fifty days in the National University Hospitals’ neonatal ICU. After successful heart surgery, she came home at just over 2kg and after one more stay in the pediatric ICU for pneumonia, has gone on to become a happy and healthy little girl.

We heard so many stories from other families then and discovered for ourselves just how expensive a severely ill child could be. Our first four children had the usual chickenpox and colds, but even in the subsidized ‘C’ ward, Maggie’s hospitalization ended up wiping out about half of our medisave and a lot of our savings. We were very lucky to have relatively flexible jobs, but we heard from other parents who had to take time off work or quit their jobs to be with a sick child.

It seemed crazy then and still makes no sense that in a wealth country with a plunging birthrate, so many parents struggling to care for a very sick child need to hope for either public charity or bankrupt their family.

These children are Singapore’s future. Let’s do more than just talk about making Singapore family-friendly.