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”

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLYCLINICS AND PRIVATE FAMILY DOCTORS’ CHARGES FOR OUTPATIENT CONSULTATIONS AND MEDICATIONS

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health whether patients’ costs for (i) outpatient consultations and (ii) drugs at their enrolled family doctor under Healthier SG will be the same as that charged at polyclinics, without any deliberate increases in polyclinic charges to achieve parity. Mr Ong Ye Kung: As explained in the White Paper onContinue reading “DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLYCLINICS AND PRIVATE FAMILY DOCTORS’ CHARGES FOR OUTPATIENT CONSULTATIONS AND MEDICATIONS”

SWITCHING OUTPATIENT TREATMENT FROM POLYCLINICS TO ENROLLED PRIVATE FAMILY DOCTORS GIVEN HEALTHIER SG

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health whether residents who have been seeking outpatient medical treatment at polyclinics will be expected to switch to seeking treatment from their enrolled private family doctors under Healthier SG. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Singaporeans can continue to choose to seek care at any location, even after they have enrolled withContinue reading “SWITCHING OUTPATIENT TREATMENT FROM POLYCLINICS TO ENROLLED PRIVATE FAMILY DOCTORS GIVEN HEALTHIER SG”

TARGETED VERSUS MEDIUM-TERM OUTCOME INDICATORS OF HEALTHIER SG PROGRAMME

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health in view of the medium-term outcome indicators published in the Healthier SG White Paper (a) what is the current (i) obesity rate (ii) avoidable emergency department attendance rate (iii) 365-day re-admission rate (iv) average bed-days per capita and (v) admission rate of fall-associated injury among elderly; (b)Continue reading “TARGETED VERSUS MEDIUM-TERM OUTCOME INDICATORS OF HEALTHIER SG PROGRAMME”

TARGETS FOR RESIDENT AND GP ENROLLMENTS AND HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR HEALTHIER SG PROGRAMME

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health in view of the short-term outcome indicators published in the White Paper on Healthier SG, what are the Ministry’s targets within the next three years for (i) resident enrolment rate (ii) proportion of general practitioner clinics offering enrolment (iii) screening rates for chronic diseases and cancer (iv)Continue reading “TARGETS FOR RESIDENT AND GP ENROLLMENTS AND HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR HEALTHIER SG PROGRAMME”

INCREASING CLAIM LIMIT OF MEDISHIELD LIFE FOR COUPLES EXPERIENCING SERIOUS PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health whether the Ministry will consider increasing the claim limit of MediShield Life for couples who experience serious pregnancy complications given that the last review was in 2019. Mr Ong Ye Kung: MediShield Life limits for inpatient treatment of serious pregnancy and delivery-related complications are pegged to the prevailing normal andContinue reading “INCREASING CLAIM LIMIT OF MEDISHIELD LIFE FOR COUPLES EXPERIENCING SERIOUS PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS”

DIABETES CASES REFERRED FROM PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO PRIVATE DOCTORS

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Health (a) in each of the last five years, how many diabetes cases are referred from the public healthcare system to private general practitioners; and (b) what impact is this having on caseloads for general practitioners. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Hospitals do not routinely track referrals to private general practitioners byContinue reading “DIABETES CASES REFERRED FROM PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO PRIVATE DOCTORS”

INCIDENCE OF PREGNANT WOMEN BEING DIAGNOSED WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Health (a) in each of the last five years, how many pregnant women are diagnosed as having gestational diabetes; and (b) what are the efforts to combat and lower the incidence and impact of gestational diabetes. Mr Ong Ye Kung: Based on data from public hospitals, the average number of pregnantContinue reading “INCIDENCE OF PREGNANT WOMEN BEING DIAGNOSED WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES”

APPEALS FOR INCLUSION UNDER SILVER SUPPORT SCHEME IN LAST THREE YEARS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Manpower regarding successful appeals for inclusion under the Silver Support Scheme (SSS) in the last three years (a) what are the most common grounds for allowing the appeals; (b) whether the successful appeals include persons who qualify for SSS but who are not auto-included; and (c) if so, how wereContinue reading “APPEALS FOR INCLUSION UNDER SILVER SUPPORT SCHEME IN LAST THREE YEARS”

PUBLICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUTURE CARE PLANNING PLAYBOOK

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) when is the Future Care Planning Playbook expected to be finalised and published; and (b) how does the Ministry plan to distribute the playbook to relevant stakeholders. Mr Masagos Zulkifli B M M: SG Enable will be working with Social Service Agency (SSA) partners toContinue reading “PUBLICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUTURE CARE PLANNING PLAYBOOK”