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More to be done for elderly, says Government

From reviewing and improving on the CPF system to adding more hospital beds, steps are being taken to ensure that Singapore’s elderly are taken care of, the Government said today (May 20).

SINGAPORE: From reviewing and improving on the CPF system to adding more hospital beds, steps are being taken to ensure that Singapore’s elderly are taken care of, the Government said today (May 20).

"We recognise that older Singaporeans are concerned over their retirement income and eldercare options," the Government said in an addenda statement to President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s address at the reopening of Parliament last Friday.

The Ministry of Manpower will continue to review and improve the CPF system to enable Singaporeans to be better provided for in retirement, the statement said.

The ministry is also considering a further extension of the re-employment age beyond 65, and said it will continue with efforts to help older workers stay productive and employable.

In terms of healthcare, the Ministry of Health plans to build six new polyclinics and add more than 11,000 beds in hospitals and nursing homes by the end of 2020. It will also expand community-based services, such as the network of Senior Care Centres, and introduce measures to raise care standards and provide more support to caregivers.

At the same time, the ministry will step up efforts to recruit and retain healthcare workers, and create more career opportunities for them.

In the statement, the Government pledged to keep healthcare affordable for all Singaporeans, through subsidies, Medisave and the new Medishield Life, which will be implemented by the end of next year.

More will also be done to improve accessibility for the elderly and less mobile. According to the Ministry of Transport, there will be more barrier-free routes to MRT stations and bus interchanges, including lifts at overhead bridges and an expansion of the Green Man Plus scheme which allows the elderly and the disabled to use their concession cards to get more time to cross the road.

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