In a news release, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed its roll out of the chronic disease management scheme.
Earlier this year, the MOH announced its plan to improve chronic diseases healthcare starting with four conditions - diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders (eg: high cholesterol) and stroke. The level of care will be raised through the promotion and extensive use of systematic, evidence-based chronic disease management programmes (DMPs). As disease management programmes can largely be effected at the outpatient level, MOH will allow the use of Medisave to pay part of the outpatient cost.
From 1 Oct 2006, the Medisave for Chronic Disease Management Programme will be launched with Diabetes Mellitus as the first chronic disease covered under the scheme. After refinement of implementation details, the programme will be extended to the other chronic diseases - hypertension, lipid disorders and stroke - from 1 January 2007.
A comprehensive support structure for this programme has been developed by MOH. These include IT support systems for doctors to submit patients' Medisave claims and health outcomes to CPF and MOH, educational kits and materials, a public helpline and a website listing participating clinics. These will be operational in September 2006.
A series of eight MOH road-shows (28 Aug to 9 Sep) will elaborate on the details of the scheme and provide opportunities for GPs to sign up for the programme. MOH strongly encourage GPs who are interested in the scheme to join the programme.