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Four-month waiting period for subsidised nursing home bed

The mean waiting time for a subsidised nursing home bed is about four months, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in a written reply to a Parliamentary question by Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim.

SINGAPORE: The mean waiting time for a subsidised nursing home bed is about four months.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said this in a written reply to a Parliamentary question by Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim, who had asked what the current waiting time for placement in a subsidised stay at nursing homes was.

Mr Gan said seniors awaiting nursing home placement are prioritised according to their care needs and those with urgent needs are allocated a bed earlier.

There are over 60 nursing homes in Singapore providing some 9,800 beds today for the elderly with high care needs.

Mr Gan said the government is pro-actively ramping up the nursing home capacity to address the needs of Singapore's ageing population.

The aim is to reach 15,600 nursing home beds by 2020.

He said in 2013, the Health Ministry added almost 1,000 nursing home beds to the system.

Another 3,500 beds for nursing homes will come on-stream by 2016 through the development of new nursing homes as well as the on-site expansion of existing nursing homes.

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