02 Aug '11, 5am

The Govt has not done much for home-bound elderly patients, our reader says.

HAVING had my father discharged from hospital after a bout of pneumonia, and acting as his main caregiver at home, I have discovered that not much has been done to care for home-bound elderly patients. The current health-care system is inflexible in assisting home-bound patients, which may be one reason why such seniors do not attend follow-up visits. The Ministry of Health should adopt the policy of going to such patients, rather than making them go to the hospital. Instead of forcing home-bound elderly patients to call for an ambulance to take them to a hospital's accident and emergency department, there should be a team of specialised doctors and nurses who can call on them, especially for illnesses that tend to recur. Even if there is such a team, is the cost affordable enough? A house call costs anything between $150 and $300, while the fee for a nurse is $100. Home-b...

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