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Pages related to, or concerning the government's medical policies, directives, laws and regulations. Matters of public health interests.

Optometrists & Opticians Act 2007

In July 2007, the Singapore Parliament passed the Optometrists & Opticians Act to regulate the Optometry and Opticianry industry in Singapore. An Optometrists and Opticians Board was set up to perform this function. The Act was slated to come into force on 1 Jan 2008.

Under the Act, all optometrists and opticians needs to be registered with the Board to continue practising as an optician or optometrist in Singapore. The Board will determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of optometrists and opticians, and issue guidelines on standards of practice.

Medisave allowed for outpatient cancer MRI, CT, PET scans

As announced by the Ministry of Health in February 2007, Singapore will allow cancer patients to use their Medisave accounts to pay for outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT/CAT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans prescribed by their doctors. Up to $600 per year can be used for such scans. The change takes effect from 1 April 2008. Before this, patients may only use Medisave to pay their bills when such diagnostic scans are part of inpatient hospitalization treatments.