Hospi­tals team up for pro­vid­ing holis­tic care in Sin­ga­pore

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

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.

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