As 2016 draws to a close, with many notable events shaping what has been called by many a year of change, 2017 looks set to be just as significant. The Straits Times looks at what to expect for health, defence and technology. Up next: Seamless care transitions, enhanced ElderShield, anti-diabetes efforts in action.
Health: Care system largely in place, time to consolidate
Many of the pieces in Singapore's healthcare system are already in place, including insurance coverage for everyone against big bills which can be incurred even with subsidised care.
More hospitals and nursing homes have also come online to meet rising needs. Members of the pioneer generation, who might not have enough savings to meet healthcare needs as they age, have also received more help.
Next year should see a consolidation of the different levels of care, so that the transition from one level to the next is seamless.
Defence: 2 milestones to mark on Mindef's calendar
Singapore will mark two important, intertwined defence milestones next year - the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, and the 50th anniversary of national service.
The island's unexpected fall in 1942 during World War II will be commemorated as always on Feb 15, what is now known as Total Defence Day. The 75th anniversary of the British surrender, and the ensuing three years of oppressive Japanese rule, will be used to drive home the day's core message - that Singapore cannot rely on others to defend itself.
It is also fitting that the year will see the 50th anniversary, or jubilee, of national service (NS), started in 1967 to build up a citizen military for a newly independent Singapore.
Technology; More than a mobile price war looming
Now that Singapore has crowned its fourth mobile operator, what's next? Next year looks to be one for consumers to hold off on signing two-year telco contracts for new-fangled handsets - that is, until new kid on the block TPG Telecom launches its mobile service plans.
TPG, which hails from Australia, won the rights to operate a chunk of mobile airwaves in Singapore with its $105 million bid in an airwave auction on Dec 14.
Its rights, which will begin in April, come with obligations to launch nationwide mobile services by September 2018.