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Fewer non-urgent cases at Changi General Hospital's A&E, thanks to GP scheme

Published on Aug 26, 2014 11:24 AM
 
A scheme to encourage those with less serious conditions to visit General Practitioners (GP) first has resulted in a 10 per cent drop in the number of such cases at Changi General Hospital's (CGH) emergency department. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A scheme to encourage those with less serious conditions to visit General Practitioners (GP) first has resulted in a 10 per cent drop in the number of such cases at Changi General Hospital's (CGH) emergency department.

Since GPFirst started in January, the number of self-referrals has also dropped by nearly 12 per cent.

The scheme is a partnership between the Eastern Health Alliance, CGH, and 157 GP clinics. Those who visit GPs and are subsequently referred to the hospital get $50 off the usual $108 fee.

"This allows the A&E to optimise its resources for sicker patients," said Mr TK Udairam, group chief executive of the Eastern Health Alliance, the regional health system for people living in the eastern part of Singapore.

 
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