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    Health - Clinics

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Govt polyclinics, hospitals & health centres

     Clinics (24 hours)

CENTRAL

Care 24-hr Medical Centre

Tel:  6356 3633

     (Care - Toa Payoh)

Horizon Medical centre

Tel:  6250 2692

     (Horizon - Upper Thomson)

Medihealth Bishan 24-hr Clinic & Surgery

Tel:  6258 3212

     (Medihealth - Bishan)

SOUTH

Silver Cross Medical Centre

Tel:  6462 2818

     (Silver Cross - Holland Ave)

NORTH

General Outpatient Clinic

Tel: 6459 2385

     (General - Ang Mo Kio)

Silver Cross Family Clinic

Tel:  6759 9181

     (Silver Cross - Yishun)

EAST

Grace Polyclinic

Tel:  6447 0400

     (Grace - East Coast)

Tampines 24-hr family Clinic

Tel:  6786 7228

     (Tampines - Tampines)

YSL Bedok 24-hr Clinic & Surgery

Tel:  6245 2684

     (YSL - Bedok)

Life-Link Clinic & Surgery

Tel:  6583 4402

     (Life-Link - Pasir Ris)

 

     NEWS SNIPPETS

     2008

 

Increase in HIV testing In Singapore

In the first 10 months of 2008 (January-October), there were a total of 382 reported new HIV cases among Singapore residents. In comparison, there were 423 HIV cases notified for the whole of 2007. It can be expected that the total number of notified HIV cases in 2008 will exceed that of last year.
There has been an increase in the number of HIV tests done in Singapore in 2008, compared to 2007. The total number of HIV tests carried out for Singapore residents by local laboratories from January through September 2008 was 124,559, compared to 102,490 over the same time period in 2007. This represents a 22% increase this year...

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Enhancing public health measures against Tuberculosis

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will place tuberculosis (TB) under the Sixth Schedule of the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA) with effect from 1 December 2008, This will further strengthen public health measures against the spread of the disease, especially amongst air travellers...
There were 700[2]new cases of TB notified among Singapore residents in the first 6 months of 2008, as compared to 1,256 cases last year. The projected incidence of TB in 2008 is 38.4 per 100,000, which is higher than the 35.1 per 100,000 in 2007...

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More clinics to offer anonymous HIV testing

The Ministry of Health will increase the number of anonymous HIV test sites in Singapore from the current three - Anteh Dispensary, Cambridge Clinic, and the Action for AIDS Anonymous HIV Testing and Counseling Clinic - to seven, with effect from 1 November 2008...

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MOH to recognise more foreign dental degrees

From 1 January 2008, all dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association will be added to the Schedule of the Dental Registration Act.
The addition of 48 American dental schools and 7 Canadian dental schools will increase the number of recognised foreign dental schools in the Schedule from the current 34 to 89. The list of new and current dental schools can be found in Annex A...

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     2007

 

Reduced hospital subsidies for non-citizens

From January 1, 2008, non-PR foreigners will not receive any healthcare subsidy. PRs will continue to be subsidised for hospital services, but at 5 percentage points less than citizens.
From July 1, 2008, another 5 percentage-point reduction will be applied...

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MOH advise public to discard chocolate cakes from Prima Deli

MOH and theAgri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) conducted joint inspections of Prima Food Pte Ltd which produces the chocolate cakes for all Prima Deli retail outlets.
Food and environmental samples were taken for laboratory analysis. Preliminary results on 03 December 2007 for the food samples are suggestive of Salmonella as the likely causative agent...
As at 03 December 2007, there were a total of 106 cases including six hospitalised cases, all of whom have been discharged. Six cases tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis. The last case had onset of illness on 26 November 2007.

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HIV cases on the rise in 2007

Out of the164 Singaporeans detected to be HIV infected in the first six months, about 93% of the new cases detected this year were males and 7% were females.
Sexual transmission remains the main mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans.  Of the 164 cases reported in the first 6 months of 2007, 155 cases acquired the infection through the sexual route, with heterosexual transmission accounting for 67% of infections, homosexual transmission 24% and bisexual transmission 3%.  Intravenous drug use (4 cases) accounted for 2%...

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National Registry Of Diseases Bill passed

Part II of the Bill establishes the National Registry of Diseases and sets out its functions.  These include the collection of information on reportable diseases, establishment of registers, compilation and publication of statistics, and the provision of information for supporting health services and national public health policies...
Clause 6, in Part III of the Bill, makes the notification of reportable diseases mandatory for managers of all healthcare institutions.  The burden is placed on the manager as he has the management and control of the institution.  Very limited data will be required to make a notification...

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MediShield coverage for newborns and youths in Singapore

From 1 December 2007, all newborn Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) will be offered MediShield coverage on an opt-out basis.
From mid-2008, the Ministry of Health will also facilitate coverage for Singaporean and PR youths...

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Medical devices in Singapore to be regulated

HSA is adopting a phased approach in implementing the new regulations to minimise the impact to the supply of medical devices and to provide sufficient time for the industry to meet the new standards and requirements. The control measures will be implemented in three phases, starting from 1 November 2007:..

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Proposed amendments to the Infectious Diseases Act

Therefore, we propose to amend the IDA to empower the Director of Medical Services (DMS) to obtain left-over samples, and send them for the tests and examinations for the purpose of monitoring the infectious disease situation in Singapore...
The Ministry proposes to expand the IDA to empower DMS to close any premises as non-food establishments may also be the source of an outbreak...
We propose to amend the IDA so that when required, the DMS may require medical practitioners as well as other categories of health care workers (e.g. TCM practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) to obtain disease related information from their patients...
MOH proposes to expand the IDA to address the situation where an individual who, although unaware that he is HIV-positive, has reason to believe that he has been exposed to the risk of contracting HIV or AIDS (e.g. by having unprotected casual sex with multiple partners)...

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159 Foreign Medical Schools recognised in Singapore

The Ministry of Health and the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) will be including an additional 19 leading international medical schools to the Schedule of the Medical Registration Act with effect from 1st October 2007...
Included are 6 medical schools from China, 4 from India, 4 from Japan, 2 from Taiwan and 1 from South Korea. 2 more medical schools from Europe have also been added...
Singaporeans graduating from any of the 159 international medical schools can also come back to Singapore, to supplement the number graduating from our own medical schools...

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Rapid HIV testing now available in medical clinics

"As of 1 Aug 2007, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is allowing HIV testing with rapid HIV test kits to be offered in medical clinics. Rapid HIV tests are screening tests that produce very quick results, in approximately 20 minutes...
"Rapid HIV testing can only be conducted in a medical clinic by trained clinic personnel, and only clinics which have participated in an MOH training workshop on Rapid HIV Testing are allowed to offer rapid HIV testing..."

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Public consultation on proposed National Registry of Diseases Bill

"The Ministry of Health is proposing to introduce a National Registry of Diseases (NRD) Bill...
"Currently, the NRD includes registries for cancer, renal failure, heart disease and stroke.
"The information captured by the NRD is mainly from public sector healthcare institutions who submit data on a voluntary basis.

"There is a need for data from the private sector to be included so that the dataset is complete and useful for national level planning..."

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MOH drafting a National Disease Registry Bill

"We support the stand that personal information identifiable to an individual participating in human biomedical research should be safeguarded.
"Proper rules governing the access and use of personal information and a secure system of information protection would re-assure research subjects on the confidentiality of personal information.
"In this connection, MOH is drafting a National Disease Registry Bill to provide an overarching legal framework for the collection of epidemiological information on key diseases for public health policy and planning purposes..."

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     - Decline in Tuberculosis incidence in Singapore

     - 140 Foreign Medical Schools recognised in Singapore

 

Needy patients to get more subsidies for chronic renal dialysis

"A higher subsidy of $300 will be given to patients below per capita family income of $300 per month.
"Approximately 550 more patients will stand to benefit from the revised scheme. The new framework will apply to new patients who seek dialysis treatment at the VWOs..."

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One Singaporean, one electronic medical record (EMR)

Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health

"Right now, it is one Singaporean, multiple medical records, stored away in different clinics and hospitals in different formats, and not connected or consolidated. As a result, when patients visit different doctors, they have to have tests repeated and scans redone. This adds to unnecessary cost.
"We are moving towards this target of 'One Singaporean, One EMR'. Because of legacy systems, we cannot achieve it in one step. But we have made progress...
"However, this is a complex national project - very few if any countries have successfully implemented a system that links up public, private and the charity sector..."

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Gearing up Singapore for its 2020 healthcare needs

"MediShield coverage among active workers is not bad, at 90%. But 390,000 Singaporeans below 20 years of age are not insured. The premium at their age is inexpensive, only $30 per year.
"And young parents can use their Baby Bonus to pay the premium. So cost is not the issue...
"We will introduce an opt-out scheme for infants to be automatically covered under MediShield from the time their births are registered.
"Premiums can be deducted from their fathers' Medisave or alternatively their mothers'. Parents who do not want such coverage can opt out any time by informing the CPF Board. We will get this done later this year..."

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Liberalisation of Medisave

As part of the review of Medisave, the Ministry of Health will be increasing the withdrawal limits in the following four areas:
  1. The inpatient per diem limit will be increased from $400 to $450;
  2. The day surgery limit will be increased from $200 to $300;
  3. The annual limit for psychiatric bills will be increased from $3,500 to $5,000;
  4. Medisave will be allowed for diagnostic scans such as MRI and CT scans, if they form parts of outpatient cancer treatment.

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     - Health Products Bill passed

 

Changes to Medisave and MediShield in 2007

"First, the Ministry of Health will increase the Medisave inpatient daily withdrawal limit from $400 to $450...
"Second, the Ministry of Health plans to allow Medisave use for MRI and CT scans, if they form part of an outpatient cancer treatment...
"MOH intends to further reduce the co-payment, in particular the deductibles of Medisave-approved private insurance plans, in 2007..."

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     - Medisave can now be used for outpatient treatment of three additional chronic diseases

 

Survey on polyclinics in Singapore

"The heaviest patient attendances were seen at Ang Mo Kio (27,041) and Jurong (24,275), more than double the volumes seen at polyclinics such as Queenstown (9,345), Marine Parade (10,393) and Outram Polyclinics (10,550) - the lowest in attendances among polyclinics..."

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     2006

 

Revision of hospital subsidy for foreigners

"From October 2007, PRs will continue to be subsidised for hospital services, but at 5 percentage-points less than Singapore citizens.
"From October 2008, another 5 percentage-point reduction will be applied. This way, Singapore citizens will enjoy greater subsidy than PRs, by a total of 10 percentage- points.
"As for the other foreigners, there will be no more healthcare subsidy from October 2007. ..."

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Norovirus outbreak may have affected another two schools

"MOH has investigated into the Ang Mo Kio Secondary School outbreak which occurred on 25-28 Sep and established the cause as norovirus gastroenteritis. Investigations into the cause of outbreak at Stamford Primary School are still in progress although norovirus has also been identified.

"As at Friday, 6 Oct, two other schools [ACS(I) and Maris Stella (Primary)] have reported 20-30 cases of students and staff falling ill with similar symptoms. These cases are also being investigated to determine their cause..."

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Recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools

"There has been an increase in the number of persons attending the polyclinics for acute diarrhoea over the past three weeks...

"However, in view of the recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools affecting a large number of school children, the Ministry would like to advise the public to be vigilant about diarrhoeal illnesses..."

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     - Medisave withdrawal for outpatient care for four chronic diseases

     - Medisave withdrawal limit for day surgery to go up from 1 Dec 2006

 

Subutex to be classified as a controlled drug

"While some heroin addicts appeared to have benefited from Subutex, many others seem to have merely shifted their addiction from heroin to Subutex.

"In addition, many more who have never tried drugs before have become new addicts. Within 4 years of introduction, we now have at least 3800 Subutex users, 45% of them Malay, 43% Chinese and 10% Indian...."

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     - Number of recognised foreign medical schools increased to 120

     - Committee formed to steer Medisave use for chronic disease management

 

     - Decline in Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases

     - Medisave for outpatient treatment of four chronic diseases by end 2006

     - 2-day Flu Pandemic Exercise to take place in July 2006

     - Singapore to recognise more foreign medical degrees

     2005

     - Foreigners to get no subsidy at polyclinics from 2006

     - Singapore prepares for flu pandemic

     - Key Survey Findings on Health Services 2003

     - Private medical insurance industry to be transformed

     - MediShield reform plan takes effect from 1 July 2005

     2004

     - Steady rise in number of ambulance calls

     - Update on cholera cases in Singapore

     - New cases of HIV infection reported in first half 2004

      2002

 

  A new S$257-million medical centre, the Novena Medical Centre, will be built directly over the Novena MRT station and across the road from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). It will be linked to TTSH by a tunnel and an air-conditioned overhead bridge that will be wide enough for trolley beds to be pushed across. The new medical centre, which will open in 2005, will have 136 medical suites occupying 13,000 sq m. It will be allowed to use all the hospital's facilities at market rates. (Straits Times 29 Nov 2002) (4)

  There are no plans to introduce means testing at government hospitals and polyclinics, said Health Minister LIM Hng Kiang yesterday. Means testing involves pegging the amount of subsidies a patients receives to his income so, the poorer the patient, the higher the subsidy. Yesterday, Mr LIM noted that means testing has been used for nursing-home residents since July 2000, and for hospice patients since October 2001. From July 1, it will be extended to patients at community hospitals, he said. (Straits Times 6 May 2002) (3)

  New polyclinics will be opened in 2004 in Jurong West (at the corner of Jurong West Central 1 and Jurong West Street 64), Sengkang (at the junction of Sengkang East Way and Compassvale Road) and Queenstown (at the junction of Queensway and Commonwealth Avenue). The polyclinic in Queensway will replace the one at Margaret Drive. (Straits Times 11 Apr 2002) (H1) 

  Pregnant women will be screened automatically for the HIV virus at polytechnics unless they specifically say "no". It will be done as part and parcel of the antenatal screening package which comprises hepatitis B and syphilis tests, said polyclinic officials. The opt-out scheme, which began last year, is aimed at fighting a common fear among women of being discriminated against if found to be HIV positive. Today, 7.1 million people in Asia have Aids. Singapore has about 1,600 such patients. (Straits Times 15 Mar 2002) (H3)

  At a world conference on infectious diseases held here yesterday, consultant microbiologist LING Moi Lin said Singapore hospitals and clinics now have policies and procedures mapped out to contain the overuse of antibiotics. Still, doctors, especially general practitioners, tend to prescribe antibiotics too liberally. Singapore doctors are issued guidelines on the use of antibiotics. But some doctors may not follow them, said Dr LING. (Straits Times 13 Mar 2002) (H2)

  From today, over 100,000 poor people over the age of 65 will be able to get a filling done or have their teeth polished at a private dental clinic for just S$6. They can go to over 100 private dental clinics for treatment, including getting dentures, and pay polyclinic rates. They can also consult general practitioners (GPs) in over 400 private clinics nationwide, at polyclinic rates of S$4 for consultation and 70 cents for a week's supply of each medicine. As the patients pay only subsidised rates, the Health Ministry will pay both dentists and GPs a fixed amount to help make up the difference. The Government subsidises between 50 and 75 per cent of the cost. The subsidy is expected to cost S$6 million a year for dental treatments and S$2 million for medical care. (Straits Times 1 Mar 2002) (3)

     2001

  Doctors will have to pay substantially higher premiums next year to insure themselves against negligence claims from patients and patients' families. They now pay S$700 and S$5,250 a year. The big increase comes in the wake of a trebling of claims against doctors here over the past four years, coupled with higher awards by the courts. London-based Medical protection Society (MPS) insures three in four doctors here. Its international operations manager, Dr Tim Hegan, told The Straits Times that if this trend continues, he expects premiums to go up again in 2003. (Straits Times 9 Nov 2001) (3)

    Doctors here have been told to look out for and report all cases of potentially-deadly diseases: botulism, plaque, smallpox and anthrax. Clinical guidelines have been given to all doctors on the symptoms to look for. They have also been urged to send all suspected cases to hospital and to inform the Environment Ministry's Quarantine and Epidemiology Department of suspected as well as confirmed cases. These measures follow the anthrax-mail scare in the United States. (Straits Times 30 Oct 2001) (4)

  Private clinics are closing earlier, laying off staff, or downsizing during the current economic downturn. The Straits Times polled 40 GP clinics and found that of the 20 that operated round the clock, five now close at 11pm. Another eight that used to stay open till midnight now shut at 9pm. The rest said the number of walk-in patients had fallen by about 20 to 30 per cent over the last few months. Private clinics have been springing up like mushrooms over the past two years, with 1,158 of them in 1999. Last year, there were almost 1,900. But, while GP clinics provide about 85 per cent of primary health care, it is the 16 polyclinics that draw patients with their rates. (Straits Times 17 Sep 2001) (H1)

  Jurong Polyclinic will start night clinics in January 2001. If this pilot scheme proves successful, other busy polyclinics may do the same, said Health Minister LIM Hng Kiang on 20 Nov 2000 at the launch of the National Healthcare Group (NHG), which is the cluster of hospitals, specialist centres and polyclinics in the west and north of the country.

     2000

  The John Hopkins-NUH International Medical Centre (IMC) at Kent Ridge was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Tony TAN on 6 Oct 2000. It specialises in cancer treatment and currently uses a ward at NUH Kent Ridge wing which has space for 14 beds. It also has three consultation rooms for its outpatient clinic. The centre now charges S$100 for an extended consultation and S$250 per day for a bed in their ward.

  Tan Tock Seng Hospital has become the first hospital in Singapore to go online on a hospital-wide scale, linking all its departments. A new computer system, Clinical Workstation, links all clinical and administrative departments.

  Salaries of nurses in the public sector will go up by about 13% to attract more Singaporeans to join the profession. Starting pay for assistant nurses will go up by 21% to S$1350, and registered nurses will get 10% more and earn S$1700.