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Ministry of Health
MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH)
The Ministry of Health’s vision is “Championing a healthy nation with our people - To live well, live long and with peace of mind”. Under the Healthcare 2020 Masterplan, MOH aims to improve healthcare services to meet the needs of our people, by increasing accessibility, raising quality and enhancing affordability.
A total of $5.7 billion has been allocated to MOH in FY2013.
Outcomes of Ministry
The key strategies of Healthcare 2020 are:
- Increasing Accessibility: by expanding healthcare services and developing manpower
- Raising Quality: by integrating care through regional health systems, improving primary care services and building up the aged care sector
- Enhancing Affordability: by expanding and strengthening healthcare financing
We will continue our efforts to keep people healthy through health promotion and education, maintain vigilance against public health threats, leverage Information Technology (IT) in healthcare and ensure patient’s safety through regulation of standards and services.
MOH will continue to develop new facilities, as well as expand existing facilities, for Singaporeans to have better and more convenient access to healthcare.
The Outram Campus, the Academia and the National Heart Centre are expected to be ready in FY2013. The new Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) as well as the Integrated Building for Changi General Hospital and St Andrew’s Community Hospital will be completed in 2014, followed in 2015 by two new community hospitals in Jurong and Yishun, to be co-located with the NTFGH and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital respectively. The Sengkang General Hospital and its co-located community hospital are also slated for completion in 2018, and the Outram Community Hospital will open by 2020. By 2020, we will have added 4,100 hospital beds across Singapore. The number of acute hospital beds will increase by 2,200, a 30% increase from today. Community hospital beds will increase by 1,900, tripling the 800 community hospital beds today.
MOH will also expand services in the primary care and Integrated Long-Term Care (ILTC) sector. We will improve seniors’ access to home-based healthcare services, community-based day facilities, Family Medicine Clinics and Community Health Centres, and continue to work with VWO partners to expand the number of nursing home beds. Our long-term aim is to make every neighbourhood a senior-friendly one. We will build 17 new and replacement nursing homes from now to 2016, including three replacement homes which will open in FY2013. These nursing homes will be built within the community so that seniors can age gracefully among family and friends.
In FY2013, we will continue to increase the intakes of local educational programmes, including those that train doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals. We will work on expanding the capacity and raising the quality of medical education and clinical training, and to upgrade the capabilities of healthcare professionals. We will continue to provide funding to attract and retain good healthcare professionals in the public and ILTC sector, by supporting competitive salaries, improving career development opportunities, supporting adequate staffing, and promoting advanced training and skills upgrading. We will also work closely with healthcare institutions to enhance productivity and efficiency.
Integrating care through regional health systems
MOH aims to develop a patient-centric healthcare system, such that patients receive care in settings which are most appropriate for their condition.
To foster greater integration among healthcare providers in the primary, acute care and step-down sectors, we have reorganised providers along regional lines. These integrated networks comprise our restructured hospitals working in close partnership with community hospitals, and other providers in the community such as nursing homes, polyclinics and private General Practitioners (GPs), to provide seamless care for patients.
Improving primary care services
We will continue to work with our stakeholders to implement new clinical care pathways and develop key partnerships to facilitate the integration of care in the community. We are implementing new primary care services – in the form of Family Medicine Clinics (FMCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) – to help Singaporeans better manage their chronic conditions. The first four FMCs, developed through public-private partnerships, are expected to be operational around mid 2013, and the first four CHCs by the end of this year.
Building up the aged care sector
We will develop a range of aged care services in every neighbourhood to cater for seniors’ social and healthcare needs, and work with aged care providers on capability development initiatives. MOH will also be setting clearer standards for the different types of aged care services.
MOH is embarking on a fundamental healthcare financing review to introduce changes over the medium to long term, to ensure that we continue to have a sound and sustainable system that provides affordable and accessible healthcare. MOH will consider how it can strengthen Government support for healthcare bills, and expand insurance, while retaining the role for personal and family responsibility.
As part of the enhanced 2013 Marriage & Parenthood Package, the Government will open a Medisave account with a Medisave grant of $3,000 given over two tranches to all newborn Singapore Citizens born on or after 26 August 2012. This will cost close to $70 million in FY2013. The Medisave grant is intended to cover the child’s MediShield premiums and to help defray other healthcare expenses such as vaccinations and hospitalisations.
A total of $4 billion is set aside in FY2013 as subsidies for Singaporeans seeking medical care at the restructured hospitals and institutions, polyclinics, community hospitals, and institutions in the ILTC sector.
Keeping the Population Healthy & Maintaining Vigilance Against Health Threats
As our population ages, we face the increasing burden of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and chronic respiratory diseases. We can reduce the incidence of these diseases by tackling lifestyle-related risk factors. In FY2013, $177 million will be allocated to the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) initiatives addressing obesity prevention, tobacco control, children and adolescent preventive health services, chronic disease management, public education for AIDS, tuberculosis, other communicable diseases and mental health.
Our healthcare system must remain vigilant against public health threats and emergency health situations such as flu pandemics and mass casualty events. MOH will strengthen our surveillance and response capabilities to emerging global infectious diseases and other threats.
Leveraging Health IT
IT is an important enabler of integrated care. The National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) enables relevant patients’ information to be shared amongst healthcare providers in Singapore. The NEHR has been deployed to public healthcare institutions and selected step-down care providers and we are continuing to extend it progressively to private GPs and aged care providers. We will also increase NEHR’s capability in areas such as care coordination and access to clinical information.
Strengthening Regulatory and Professional Standards, and Ensuring Patient Safety
MOH licenses healthcare institutions to ensure that they maintain safe standards of healthcare for all Singaporeans. We will continue to conduct regulatory surveillance, periodic compliance audits and investigations into breaches of relevant healthcare laws to safeguard the public.
MOH works closely with all the professional boards and councils, such as the Singapore Medical Council, Singapore Nursing Board, and Singapore Dental Council, to ensure proper registration of key healthcare professionals and to establish ethical codes and guidelines to uphold high standards of professionalism and conduct among our healthcare professionals.
The Health Science Authority (HSA) will continue to refine and enhance its regulatory approaches and processes, strengthen its capability in regulation of medical devices, with a focus on enhancing post-market measures.
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