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Raffles Hospital in North Bridge Road. Circa 2005

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     Alexandra Hospital

Nestled in the central-western area of Singapore, Alexandra Hospital is a five-minute drive from the nearest MRT station. It is a 400-bed general and acute care hospital, offering its patients the very best in personalized care and a tranquil, healing environment. This garden hospital of Alexandra Hospital today is a far cry from what it was 66 years ago Ė in 1938. Tel: (65) 6472 2000 Fax: (65) 6379 3880

     Changi General Hospital

CGH offers a comprehensive range of medical and paramedical services. The hospitalís motto, "Caring For The Community In The East" encapsulates Changi General Hospitalís (CGH)'s long-term objective to serve as a healthcare hub in the east. Mainline - General Enquiry (24 hrs) 6788 8833: Fax: 6788 0933

     KK Women's & Children's Hospital

KK Women's and Children's Hospital, or simply KKH, is the largest medical facility in Singapore which provides specialised care in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatalogy and paediatrics. Tel: 6293 4044 Fax: 6293 7933

     Mount Alvernia Hospital

Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, is a not-for-profit private hospital. They are a 303-bedded secondary acute care hospital catering to medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity cases.  As a missionary hospital, they are committed to providing quality and affordable healthcare to the general population.  A portion of their  operating surplus is also used to fund community outreach projects, like Assisi Home & Hospice. Their main hospital contact number is: 6347-6688 and their fax number is: 6255-6303.

     National University Hospital

With 21 clinical, 3 dental and 6 paramedical departments, as well as numerous specialist outpatient clinics and specialised service centres, NUH has a comprehensive range of services available to meet the growing needs of its patients. It also has a pool of more than 3000 professional staff providing round-the-clock personalised care to our patients every day of the year. Tel: (65) 6779 5555
Fax: (65) 6779 5678 Email:

     Raffles Hospital

Raffles Hospital is a 380-bed tertiary care private hospital offering a full complement of specialist services using the most advanced medical technology. Call Centre Tel: (65) 6311 1111
Fax: (65) 6311 2136

     Singapore General Hospital

SGH is Singapore's oldest and largest acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre. With about 1,400 beds and a pool of over 500 specialists, SGH accounts for about a quarter of the total acute hospital beds in the public sector and about one-fifth of acute beds nationwide. Tel: 6222 3322 Fax: 6224 9221

     Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), established in 1844, is the second largest hospital in Singapore, with specialty centres in Rehabilitation Medicine and Communicable Diseases. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology tools. Tel : 6256 6011 Fax : 6256 7282


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     - HOTA Bill - working out safeguards

     -  Further Medisave Liberalisation



Proposed amendments to the Human Organ Transplant Act

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is proposing three amendments to the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA). They are:
(a) Lift the upper age limit for cadaveric organ donation;
(b) Allow donor-recipient paired matching for exchanges of organs; and
(c) Compensate living donors according to international ethical practices.



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...





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...



Electronic Medical Records Exchange extended to community hospitals

By the first quarter of 2008, over 4000 patients yearly at the community hospitals will be able to enjoy better patient care, improved drug safety, fewer repeat tests and hence lower costs with the extension of the Electronic Medical Records Exchange (EMRX)...
The extension marks the first step in the Ministry of Health's plans to extend the EMRX beyond the public sector...



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.



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%...



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...



MOH starts inquiry into Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare Centre

As the general review into Ren Ciís past transactions also disclosed other gaps in corporate governance and internal controls, MOH commissioned EYA to carry out a more in-depth evaluation.
The follow-up reviews have since identified some possible irregularities in certain financial transactions involving Ren Ci and certain external organisations. Hence, MOH is commencing an Inquiry into Ren Ci to establish a fuller and better understanding of these irregularities...



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...



New governance structure for NUH and NUS School of Medicine

MOE and MOH have jointly agreed for NUS and NHG to establish a new governance structure for the NUS School of Medicine (NUS-SoM) and the National University Hospital (NUH)...
Under the new governance structure, NUH and NUS-SoM will be repositioned as a joint operating entity. This new NUH-SoM entity will be governed by one Governing Board which will include senior members from NHG, NUS, MOH and MOE...



New 550-bed Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

MOH is building a regional hospital in Yishun to better serve residents from the Northern region of Singapore. Spanning over 3.4 hectares, the 550-bed hospital will offer a comprehensive range of medical and healthcare services.
The new public sector hospital will be named Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, following the promise of a donation of $125 million from the family of the late banker and philanthropist Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat...



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:..



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)...



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...



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..."



Two new specialty centres for cancer and heart disease

MOH is setting up two new specialty centres for cancer and heart disease at the National University Hospital to meet the rising demand for tertiary care in these specialties...
Cancer and heart disease are the top two killers, with cancer taking 4000 lives in Singapore each year. They will remain the major causes of death and morbidity. New cancer cases are projected to increase from 9,000 per year to 13,000 by 2015. For cardiology, outpatient attendances are projected to grow from 200,000 per year to 320,000 by 2015. We must ramp up our capacity and capabilities to meet this rapidly growing demand...



Proposed amendments to the Human Organ Transplant Act

"Following the recent ruling by the Fatwa Committee of MUIS that Muslims can be included under the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA), the Ministry of Health intends to amend HOTA to improve the access of Muslim patients to donated organs...
"MOH proposes to amend the HOTA to include, upon death, Muslims who are Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR) between the ages of 21 and 60 years, who are of sound mind, and who have not opted out...
"The inclusion of Muslims under HOTA is expected to provide up to five additional organ donors per year (yielding up to 10 kidneys, 10 corneas, 5 livers and 5 hearts)..."



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..."


     - Third local dengue death reported

     - National Health Surveillance Survey 2007


$60 million ElderShield premium rebates

"Our preliminary computations suggest that the total ElderShield rebate amount is likely to exceed $60 million. When confirmed, it will be distributed to the existing policyholders numbering some 770,000.
The rebates, when confirmed, will be given out in proportion to each policyholderís contribution during the 5-year period..."



Phasing out of temporary registered doctors for service provision

"Only temporary medical registration for service provision is being phased out by 31 Dec 2007.

"Existing temporary registered doctors brought in as service providers before 1 Jan 2008 can still continue to work here until they either become conditionally registered (acquired recognized postgraduate qualifications) or they have completed their 4-6 years of service in Singapore..."



Adequacy of subsidised B2 & C beds in public hospitals

"Our current bed situation is tight, particularly in the Tan Tock Seng Hospital as it is the only hospital serving the large population in the north besides its own catchment area.
"The over-crowding in TTSH in turn causes spill-over to the other hospitals, especially National University Hospital and Changi General Hospital. There will be relief when the new general hospital in Yishun opens in 3 years time..."



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..."


     - 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..."



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..."



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..."




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.


     - 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..."


     - 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..."



     - Changes to CPF Minimum Sum and Investment schemes from 1 Jan 2007


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. ..."


     - Health Ministry forms national committee to combat HIV/AIDS

     - More Medisave-Approved claims settled faster by insurers

     - Singapore to set up world's first integrated neuroscience centre

     - Update On Subutex Voluntary Rehabilitation Programme

     - DUKE - NUS Graduate Medical School to open in 2009

     - Medisave withdrawal for outpatient care for four chronic diseases

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


Publication of data on affordability of healthcare

"The 2005 data show that public hospitals are affordable. This is especially so for the Class B2 and C wards.

"The average B2 and C bills are below $1,100. 95% of all B2/C bills are below $3,500. Considering the high standard of clinical care provided in our public hospitals, this is quite an achievement..."



More than 40 Singaporeans aged 19 and below HIV-positive

"By the end of last year, more than 40 young Singaporeans aged 19 and below have been reported as HIV-positive..."


     - 144 people benefit from expanded human organ transplant law

     - Number of recognised foreign medical schools increased to 120


The Challenge Posed by HIV/ AIDS to Singapore Businesses

In Singapore, the number of HIV-positive people has climbed steadily from the first case detected here in 1985 to 2,641 by December 2005. Three out of four (74.77%) who are infected are actively employed...

In 2005, out of the 255 new cases reported, a great majority (87%) comprised the age group of 20 - 59 years old, with those aged 20 - 49 years accounting for as much as 70% of all new cases...



     - 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


Is Class B2/C Hospitalisation Affordable?

"As a result of direct Government subsidies, the average Class B2/C bills are relatively modest. In 2004, the average bill size for Class B2 and C wards were around $1,050 and $800 respectively...
"As at end-December 2004, the average Medisave balance for all active accounts was $17,321. This is enough to cover more than 20 times the average Class C hospital bill or 10 times the 90th percentile Class C bill..."





Impact of HIV epidemic on men, women & children in Singapore

"Previously, some wives were not aware of their spouse's HIV status and so they were at risk of the HIV infection. Since July this year, we have informed the wife when the infected husband had not informed her of his positive HIV status.

"Over the last 5 months, 41 women have been informed by hand-delivered letters that their partner is infected and that they should go to CDC for testing..."



198 Singaporeans infected with HIV in first 10 months of 2005

"This brings the total number of HIV infected Singaporeans including 25 children to 2584 as of Oct 2005. Of these, 999 are asymptomatic carriers, 631 have full-blown AIDS and 954 have died.
"Heterosexual transmission has been the most common mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans since 1991. Most of these cases contracted the infection through casual sex and sex with prostitutes in Singapore and overseas..."


     - Emergency ambulance statistics for 1st half 2005

     - New Board and CEO for National Kidney Foundation (NKF)


NKF - Win back donors' Trust

"...Judging by the hundreds of e-mail messages, letters and phone calls that have flooded The Straits Times since Monday, donors are upset by the size of Mr Durai's salary and bonuses and his travel perks...

"What many ordinary people know of the NKF are its heart-rending fliers, the plaintive pleas by its telemarketers and watching sick children on television.

"They remember digging into their pockets to give.

"Now, they are asking: Giving to whom?



KKH to serve all healthcare needs of women

"...Unlike the past when practically every Singaporean was born in a public hospital, Medisave made it affordable for many mothers to deliver their babies in private hospitals.

"The combined effects of these two structural trends have resulted in the new KKH being under-utilised. Bed occupancy is about 65%, below average. Number of babies born is one-third what it used to do...
"As a government, we should be pleased that Singaporeans are finding private obstetric care affordable. Then our limited resources can be re-deployed to serve more pressing needs, like oncology and geriatrics, where patients may not be able to afford private hospital care. Time to Change.."


      - Singapore prepares for flu pandemic

     - Key Survey Findings on Health Services 2003

     - IMH upgrades inpatient children psychiatric ward

     - Waiting times at Public Sector Emergency Departments

     - AIDS Epidemic - 311 new cases in 2004


Loss of medical talent to the private sector

"These are doctors who have devoted many years of their lives to public service; good doctors and dedicated teachers.  I have expected them to retire in public sector.  Why are they now in private practice?
"Within the Ministry, there seems to be a view that the "loss of doctors to the private sector is not a loss, for as long as they continue their practice in Singapore".  I do not agree with this view.  The loss of good teachers and clinicians from the public sector is a big loss to Singapore...


     - Private medical insurance industry to be transformed

     - MediShield reform plan takes effect from 1 July 2005


     - Deliveries in Singapore: 2001 - 2003

     - New cases of HIV infection reported in first half 2004

     - National Health Survey 2004

     - Draft human cloning & other prohibited practices bill

     - Sharing of electronic hospital in-patient discharge summaries

     - SARS control measures in hospitals & clinics stepped down









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