08 Oct '11, 10am

Setting up community health centres for patients of GPs

Setting up community health centres for patients of GPs

Singapore needs primary care doctors in the private sector to take on a larger role in the care of the chronically ill. Mr Gan Kim Yong (above) giving the opening address at the Primary Care Workplan seminar. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA By Salma Khalik Singapore needs primary care doctors in the private sector to take on a larger role in the care of the chronically ill. Today, they only look after 55 per cent of such patients, with the rest being taken care of at polyclinics. Part of the problem is GPs often cannot offer the full range of care such patients need, such as regular blood tests, X-rays, foot and eye screening for diabetics, and physiotherapy for recovering stroke patients. On Saturday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong unveiled his proposed GP masterplan that should address such difficulties.

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