05 Mar '11, 1am

Health care will be getting a $7b boost, including a new polyclinic in Punggol: Health Minister

Health care will be getting a $7b boost, including a new polyclinic in Punggol: Health Minister

A nurse tends to a patient at Changi General Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA HEALTH care is getting a $7 billion booster shot. A new polyclinic will be built in Punggol and five of the older ones will be upgraded. The subsidy cap for implants - such as pacemakers for the heart and artificial knees - will double from $500 to $1,000, covering 90 per cent of implants for subsidised patients. A new institute to teach and do research in geriatric care will be set up - a timely move, given Singapore's ageing population. These are some of the improvements to health care that Singaporeans can look forward to with the nearly $7 billion the Government is injecting into the sector this year. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday painted his masterplan in Parliament for the next five to 10 years - to transform health care here 'to be among the best in the world'. Read the full ...

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