One of the highlights of the national party speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong assured Singaporeans of the government's plans to make high-quality health care accessible to everyone. He called this because Singaporean people lead a longer life and therefore have a greater need for medical treatment in recent years.
The Prime Minister announced changes implemented in the health care system, including an upgrade to MediShield, grants under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), and especially the construction of more outpatient clinics across Singapore, to cater to more patients .
He said: "For those who visit the outpatient clinic instead of the GP, I also have good news." MOH builds and modernizes outpatient clinics and medical centers all over the island. "He said a new outpatient clinic was built at Ang Mo Kio and that more clinics are planned in Sembawang, Eunos, Kallang, Bukit Panjang, No Soon Central, and Tampines North, saying, "Some of these are to upgrade and improve existing ones, and we will ensure that affordable, accessible and high-quality primary care. "
Doctors welcome the government plan for more outpatient clinics, because there have been more outpatient visits in the last two years. More than one million more Singaporeans have visited outpatient clinics between the years 2015 and 2017.
There are three chronic conditions that are high on the list of frequently treated disorders in outpatient clinics, which have high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure related disorders. These conditions ensure that more than a third of all diagnoses are made.
A healthcare leader in Deloitte Southeast Asia, Dr. Loke Wai Chiong, believes that building more outpatient clinics is a step in the right direction, because they are more convenient and affordable than other healthcare options.
He also praised the subsidies that make health care in public clinics and hospitals more accessible and affordable for people.
Like him, Drs. John Cheng and MP Lily Neo, who have noticed that there are more Chas cardholders, more people are looking for health care than before.