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More Pioneer Generation patients expected to switch to private clinics

Parkway Shenton has made preparations for this scenario, including increasing the number of clinic staff and doctors.  

SINGAPORE: Parkway Shenton, which has a chain of GP clinics, has said its clinics saw at least a 20 per cent increase in elderly Singaporeans visiting the clinics on Monday (Sep 1) - the first day Pioneer Generation Card privileges kicked in for elderly Singaporeans.

The card enables them to get healthcare subsidies at participating Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) clinics, polyclinics and Specialist Outpatient Clinics.

More elderly patients are expected to switch from polyclinics to private clinics. With a potential increase in patient visits, doctors are monitoring the situation closely and will make adjustments if necessary.

Dr Koh Hau-Tek, medical director of Parkway Shenton, said: "Our main concern is waiting time. We have put in place certain contingencies to increase our headcount, both for the clinic staff and the doctors, to allow minimal waiting time for our Pioneer Generation patients, on top of our usual regular patient load."