Palliative care sector to get boost to cope with ageing population
Published on Jun 28, 2014 9:42 AM
SINGAPORE - Palliative care services to ease suffering in people who are dying will be significantly ramped up over the next six years to cope with Singapore's rapidly ageing population. There will be more hospice beds, home palliative care services and a new graduate diploma course to train more doctors in this discipline.
People will also be allowed to use more of their Medisave money for these services, with no cap on withdrawal for those who are terminally ill.
Announcing these plans on Saturday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong described palliative care as "a critical piece in our overall efforts to provide good and appropriate care to help patients age and die in place with dignity."
Speaking at the Palliative Care Conference, he promised that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will invest in developing four areas in palliative care services - enhancing the quality of care, expanding services, ensuring affordability and increasing awareness.
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