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Focus on primary care can reshape healthcare landscape

On Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced two major healthcare policies which hold the potential to reshape the healthcare landscape.

The first was that all Singaporeans with a chronic disease would be eligible for Chas (the Community Health Assist Scheme which allows funding support for consultations in private primary care settings). The second was that the Merdeka Generation (those born in the 1950s) would enjoy a medical support package similar in nature, albeit with fewer benefits, to that given to the Pioneer Generation (those born before 1949) in 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2018, with the headline 'Focus on primary care can reshape healthcare landscape'. Print Edition | Subscribe