PLAN TO WORK WITH INSURERS TO DEVELOP INTEGRATED SHIELD PLANS COVERING HOME NURSING CARE AND OUTPATIENT REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health whether the Government will consider working with insurers to develop Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) that cover home nursing care and types of outpatient services currently not provided for by IPs in the market, such as rehabilitative services. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) are private health insurance productsContinue reading “PLAN TO WORK WITH INSURERS TO DEVELOP INTEGRATED SHIELD PLANS COVERING HOME NURSING CARE AND OUTPATIENT REHABILITATIVE SERVICES”

PLANS FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS ON PUBLISHED FINDINGS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS PRESSURED TO UNDER-RECORD WORKING HOURS

Mr Leon Perera asked Minister for Health whether there are plans for follow-up actions in relation to published findings that some junior doctors have been pressured to under-record their working hours. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Many junior doctors work under stressful conditions, especially given the pandemic. They are important members of our public health team, and MOH hasContinue reading “PLANS FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS ON PUBLISHED FINDINGS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS PRESSURED TO UNDER-RECORD WORKING HOURS”

YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING HELP IN INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN PAST YEAR AND NEED FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF SECOND MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL

29 Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Health (a) whether there has been an increase in the number of young people seeking help for mental health issues in the Institute of Mental Health in the past year; and (b) if so, whether the establishment of a second hospital specialising in mental health will be consideredContinue reading “YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING HELP IN INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN PAST YEAR AND NEED FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF SECOND MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL”

STUDIES ON IMPACT OF LONG WORKING HOURS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS’ TRAINING ON PATIENT AND DOCTOR SAFETY

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health (a) whether any studies have been conducted to (i) ascertain the efficacy of work weeks of up to 80 hours on junior doctors’ training outcomes vis-à-vis a shorter work week of 70 hours and (ii) assess the potential impact of long working hours on patient and doctor safety; andContinue reading “STUDIES ON IMPACT OF LONG WORKING HOURS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS’ TRAINING ON PATIENT AND DOCTOR SAFETY”

PLANS TO ENGAGE AND INVOLVE TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS UNDER HEALTHIER SG INITIATIVE

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Health how does the Ministry plan to engage and involve traditional Chinese medicine practitioners under the Healthier SG initiative. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Healthier SG is a significant and transformative national healthcare strategy, requiring many stakeholders and partners to work together to support our residents’ needs.  Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners (TCMPs)Continue reading “PLANS TO ENGAGE AND INVOLVE TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS UNDER HEALTHIER SG INITIATIVE”

EXTENSION OF PILOT WHEELS PROGRAMME PROVIDING WHEELCHAIR SERVICING TO INCLUDE ALL SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTRES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) whether the pilot WHEELS programme that provides wheelchair servicing at selected Senior Activity Centres (SAC) is still ongoing; and (b) if so, whether it is being progressively rolled out to all SACs nationwide. Mr Ong Ye Kung: The WHEELS programme was a three-year pilot to train seniorsContinue reading “EXTENSION OF PILOT WHEELS PROGRAMME PROVIDING WHEELCHAIR SERVICING TO INCLUDE ALL SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTRES”

ENHANCEMENTS TO SENIORS’ MOBILITY AND ENABLING FUND TO INCLUDE MID-LIFE SERVICING COSTS FOR DEVICES NOT NEAR ITS END-OF-LIFE PERIOD

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health whether the Ministry is considering enhancements to the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund to include mid-life servicing costs for devices not near its end-of-life period. Mr Ong Ye Kung: The Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) was enhanced in February 2022 to provide seniors with subsidies for replacementsContinue reading “ENHANCEMENTS TO SENIORS’ MOBILITY AND ENABLING FUND TO INCLUDE MID-LIFE SERVICING COSTS FOR DEVICES NOT NEAR ITS END-OF-LIFE PERIOD”

UPDATE ON COVID-19 SITUATION AND MEASURES GIVEN EMERGENCE OF NEW OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS AND OTHER VARIANTS

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Health (a) what is the number of foreign patient arrivals in Singapore in (i) 2022 year-to-date and (ii) each of the last five years; (b) what are the current utilisation rates of existing capacity by foreign patients in private and public hospitals respectively; and (c) what is theContinue reading “UPDATE ON COVID-19 SITUATION AND MEASURES GIVEN EMERGENCE OF NEW OMICRON SUB-VARIANTS AND OTHER VARIANTS”

ASSESSMENT OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AS TREATMENT OPTION FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS AND OVERALL HEALTH

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) what is the Government’s assessment of osteopathic medicine as a treatment option for musculoskeletal problems and overall health; and (b) whether there are any plans to register and regulate osteopaths as allied health professionals in Singapore. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Osteopathic medicine is considered a form of complementary medicineContinue reading “ASSESSMENT OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AS TREATMENT OPTION FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS AND OVERALL HEALTH”

JUSTIFICATION FOR PROVISION OF ALLOWANCE FOR CASES UNDER QUARANTINE ORDER BUT NOT FOR ISOLATION ORDER

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health what is the justification for an allowance to be provided under a Quarantine Order (QO), but not under an Isolation Order (IO), which requires comparable stoppage of work. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Quarantine Orders are issued to a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person to ringfence the spreadContinue reading “JUSTIFICATION FOR PROVISION OF ALLOWANCE FOR CASES UNDER QUARANTINE ORDER BUT NOT FOR ISOLATION ORDER”