Updated: 05/09/2014 00:45

Fifth clinic to treat stabilised chronic diseases opens

Fifth clinic to treat stabilised chronic diseases opens

Patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure can now seek outpatient treatment and follow-up care at a new clinic in Chinatown. 

While the Chinatown Family Medicine Clinic caters mainly to patients referred by SingHealth's hospitals and national speciality centres, it also accepts walk-in patients. 

The clinic is Singapore's fifth Family Medicine Clinic. 

It's part of the Government's Primary Care Masterplan to leverage on the strengths of the public and private sectors to provide comprehensive and integrated care for patients with stabilised chronic diseases. 

Patients are assigned a personal doctor who has access to their medical records through the National Electronic Health Record. 

SingHealth's group director Professor Fong Kok Yong says taking medication regularly is often key in treating chronic diseases, and having a good doctor-patient relationship can help achieve that. 

"If someone you just see for a few minutes only for a few times in a year, versus someone who you know is your family physician who will take care of you for the rest of your life. You will more likely to listen to your family physician and I think that's a very strong point to help to ensure that patients will not develop complications from their chronic conditions."

Lower- and middle-income patients on the Community Health Assist Scheme will continue to enjoy subsidised healthcare while patients under the Chronic Disease Management Program (CDMP) can tap on their Medisave to pay their bills.

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