07 Jul '11, 3am

The Health Ministry urges employers: Accept MCs from any doctor, not only those from government clinics.

IN HIS letter ('Simple ways to cut polyclinic queues'; June 29), Dr Yik Keng Yeong felt that the queues at polyclinics are long because patients go there to get referred for subsidised treatment in hospitals, and because employers recognise medical certificates (MCs) issued only by government clinics. Our polyclinics play an important gatekeeping role by allowing our doctors to assess if patients should be seen at our specialist outpatient clinics or continue to be treated at primary care level. This allows us to better target specialist resources and subsidies for patients with the clinical need. Over the years, polyclinics have taken steps to cut waiting times through an appointment system and increasing use of nurses and other health-care professionals where appropriate. Polyclinics have also leveraged on technology, for example, tele-radiology and tele-retinal photogra...

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