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Committee of Supply 2022 debate, Day 6: Ong Ye Kung on Healthier SG strategy

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Singapore will adopt a major healthcare reform initiative focusing on preventive care, called Healthier SG. Announcing this in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 9), Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said it is urgent because in the next 10 years, the country will have to tackle its biggest healthcare challenge - the deteriorating health of the population. He put this down to two major forces - ageing, and the fact that Singaporeans young and old are getting less healthy generally. Mr Ong said details of Healthier SG are being finalised and a White Paper will be tabled in Parliament for debate. However, he shared some key components. The strategy will involve a national enrolment programme coordinated by Singapore’s three public healthcare clusters. Individuals can commit to seeing a single family doctor and adopting a care plan, such as regular screenings. In a major shift in funding, the healthcare clusters will get a fixed fee for every resident in the region under their charge. This will mean hospitals have a fresh incentive to keep patients healthy through preventive care.

Committee of Supply 2022 debate, Day 6: Ong Ye Kung on Healthier SG strategy

09 Mar 2022 04:23pm

Singapore will adopt a major healthcare reform initiative focusing on preventive care, called Healthier SG. Announcing this in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 9), Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said it is urgent because in the next 10 years, the country will have to tackle its biggest healthcare challenge - the deteriorating health of the population. He put this down to two major forces - ageing, and the fact that Singaporeans young and old are getting less healthy generally. Mr Ong said details of Healthier SG are being finalised and a White Paper will be tabled in Parliament for debate. However, he shared some key components. The strategy will involve a national enrolment programme coordinated by Singapore’s three public healthcare clusters. Individuals can commit to seeing a single family doctor and adopting a care plan, such as regular screenings. In a major shift in funding, the healthcare clusters will get a fixed fee for every resident in the region under their charge. This will mean hospitals have a fresh incentive to keep patients healthy through preventive care.

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