Hospitals team up for providing holistic care in Singapore
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) have joined hands to set up a regional cluster in order to provide a more comprehensive healthcare service to the people of Singapore. Professor Philip Choo will be head of the new regional cluster, the first of three to be officially set up. The move is part of a nationwide re-organisation of public healthcare services into three regional clusters, each with at least two acute hospitals, a medical school, several polyclinics as well as other facilities such as specialist centres and community hospitals.
Patients at TTSH are older and the challenge for the hospital is to keep them fit so they do not return with the same problem. KTPH, on the other hand, has a younger population in its catchment and its focus has been to go out to the residents offering health screening and other programmes.
Government funding is expected to change to mirror a more holistic approach. It will be in the interest of clusters to invest in preventive and rehabilitative care, to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, which is the most expensive component in the healthcare system.