26 Dec '11, 3am

Mixed reactions on family medicine clinics

Mixed reactions on family medicine clinics

SINGAPORE: Some general practitioners have expressed concern about possible competition from family medicine clinics. These clinics, which bring together private sector doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to deliver integrated services, aim to enable resource sharing, economies of scale and team-based care in the community. The idea of setting up family medicine clinics was mooted in October, as part of the Health Ministry's plans to enhance primary care for Singaporeans with chronic illnesses and the elderly. In his latest blog post on Monday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said he has been meeting up with GPs at engagement sessions together with Minister of State, Dr Amy Khor. In his discussion with them on family medicine clinics, he said GPs had mixed reactions to the proposal. Some solo GPs were "understandably concerned" about the possible competition such ...

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