A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Medicine, Dr Low Lee Yong (’87) became a successful entrepreneur by simplifying healthcare with information technology. Today, as CEO and founder of the MHC Asia Group – the first web-based medical claims system in Southeast Asia – he is helping medical students in need achieve their own potential through the establishment of the MHC Bursary in September 2014.
Beginning in 2016, the MHC Bursary will support at least one student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine every year.
Dr Low firmly believes that having business know-how is a gift, and with this gift, he should build something that can add value and touch lives.
“What did MHC exist for? Is it to go into IPO? Is it to earn more money? I did a lot of soul-searching and I realised that MHC should exist to give back to society, to contribute to the less fortunate and help them get out of the poverty cycle,” Dr Low says.
On choosing to give back to his alma mater, Dr Low explains, “Increasingly, there has been a lot of controversial news regarding medical ethics. In giving back to NUS, I hope to drive the message that as doctors, we have a social obligation to do good and be transparent.”
The journey Dr Low took to reach where he is today was one fraught with many difficulties and setbacks. He wants to share the lessons he learnt with the Bursary recipients. “When you have reached the bottom, the only way is to climb up. You can choose to stay down, wallow in self-pity and wait for others to help you, but you still have to pick yourself up.
“A rainbow usually comes after a heavy storm. Sometimes the end is so near, you just have to persevere a little longer to see the rainbow. There may be a lot of stumbling blocks along the way, but rise up and step on these stumbling blocks – you will not only become stronger but you will also gain new perspectives,” he concludes.
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