PROPOSAL FOR COHORT SMOKING BAN IN SINGAPORE

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong (Hougang): Thank you, Speaker. Could I ask the Senior Parliamentary Secretary one question? Is the Government setting itself any timeline to review this? As the other hon Member Dr Lim has mentioned, other countries are already looking into it and have expressed intention to introduce it. So, is the GovernmentContinue reading “PROPOSAL FOR COHORT SMOKING BAN IN SINGAPORE”

CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH ACHONDROPLASIA AND FUNDING ITS TREATMENT UNDER RARE DISEASE FUND

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Health (a) how many children in Singapore are diagnosed with Achondroplasia in the past 10 years; (b) what are the current prospects of funding the treatment of Achondroplasia under the Rare Disease Fund; and (c) whether the Ministry will engage the manufacturers of Voxzogo to achieve more affordableContinue reading “CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH ACHONDROPLASIA AND FUNDING ITS TREATMENT UNDER RARE DISEASE FUND”

MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR LARGER RANGE OF OUTPATIENT TREATMENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health whether there are plans to work with insurers to enable medical claims to be made for a larger range of outpatient treatments that do not require hospitalisation, thereby alleviating both the financial out-of-pocket burden of families as well as the hospital bed crunch. Mr Ong Ye Kung: IntegratedContinue reading “MEDICAL CLAIMS FOR LARGER RANGE OF OUTPATIENT TREATMENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE HOSPITALISATION”

DATA ON ANNUAL LEAVE APPLICATION AND NON-WORKING REST HOURS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health in each of the last three years (a) what is the percentage of annual leave days that junior doctors in public hospitals have applied for but have had to be ultimately forfeited or cancelled due to the shortage of manpower; (b) what is the average number of non-working restContinue reading “DATA ON ANNUAL LEAVE APPLICATION AND NON-WORKING REST HOURS OF JUNIOR DOCTORS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS”

EXPANDING LIST OF REGISTRABLE BASIC MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS TO INCREASE POOL OF QUALIFIED SINGAPOREAN DOCTORS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health whether the Ministry will consider (i) reviewing and expanding the list of registrable basic medical qualifications to include more medical schools and (ii) setting up a system to convert overseas Singaporean doctors that currently have non-registrable qualifications but who can demonstrate the necessary knowledge to render theContinue reading “EXPANDING LIST OF REGISTRABLE BASIC MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS TO INCREASE POOL OF QUALIFIED SINGAPOREAN DOCTORS”

COVID-19 INFECTIONS ACQUIRED BY PATIENTS FROM WITHIN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health with regard to the cases of COVID-19 infections acquired by patients from within hospitals and nursing homes from April to September 2022 (a) what proportions of transmissions occurred from (i) patient to patient, (ii) healthcare worker to patient and (iii) other means; and (b) what is the basis ofContinue reading “COVID-19 INFECTIONS ACQUIRED BY PATIENTS FROM WITHIN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES”

ENGAGING SINGAPOREAN MEDICAL STUDENTS TO SPECIALISE AS FAMILY DOCTORS

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Health in light of plans under Healthier SG to promote the use of family doctors (a) whether the Ministry has expended any efforts to engage Singaporean medical students locally or abroad to persuade more medical students and medical graduates to specialise as family doctors or family GPs; andContinue reading “ENGAGING SINGAPOREAN MEDICAL STUDENTS TO SPECIALISE AS FAMILY DOCTORS”

COST CHANGES OF MODERNA AND PFIZER BIVALENT VACCINES SINCE LAST SUPPLY CONTRACT

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Health (a) how have the cost of the Moderna and Pfizer bivalent vaccines changed since the last supply contract with the vaccine manufacturers; and (b) what is the dollar or percentage change in pricing per dose. Mr Ong Ye Kung:  We are unable to disclose information regarding theContinue reading “COST CHANGES OF MODERNA AND PFIZER BIVALENT VACCINES SINCE LAST SUPPLY CONTRACT”

LONG WAITING TIMES AT ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS OF RESTRUCTURED HOSPITALS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health (a) what are the main reasons behind the long waiting times for admission at some restructured hospitals’ emergency departments in recent weeks; and (b) what are the measures the Ministry is taking to reduce waiting time especially for patients with higher acuity conditions. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Sir,Continue reading “LONG WAITING TIMES AT ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS OF RESTRUCTURED HOSPITALS”

ADEQUACY OF RARE DISEASE FUND IN SUPPORTING APPLICANTS

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health (a) how many applications has the Rare Disease Fund (RDF) received since April 2021; (b) what is the RDF’s ratio of applicants to grants; and (c) whether the RDF has available funds to support new applicants at the current time. Mr Ong Ye Kung: The Rare Disease Fund (RDF) operatesContinue reading “ADEQUACY OF RARE DISEASE FUND IN SUPPORTING APPLICANTS”