From 1 January 2007, the Singapore Ministry of Health has extended the Medisave for Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) to cover high blood pressure, lipid disorder and stroke. This is in addition to the coverage for diabetes which began on 1 October 2006.
Since it started, some $2 million has been withdrawn from Medisave under the programme, which typically covers about 60% of patients' medical treatment costs. It is estimated that the four diseases under the programme affect 1 million Singaporeans.
About half of the 1,400 General Practitioners (GP) clinics in Singapore participate in the programme and the Ministry says it will continue to get more clinics to join. Participating clinics are identified with orange-coloured CDMP decals. The list of clinics is also available at the Health Promotion Board (HPB) website at www.hpb.gov.sg.
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has created a separate account summary for the CDMP which can be checked at www.cpf.gov.sg. Participating clinics can also check the CDMP Medisave balances for their patients upon request.