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

Singapore starts means testing in hospitals

Singapore has introduced means testing for public hospital patients starting 1 January 2009. From the first day of the new year, the government will start assessing new patients' entitlement to subsidies for class B2 and class C wards based on their tax-declared incomes or, for non-working patients, the value of their homes.

While income disclosure itself is not mandatory, patients who refuse to do so, effectively opt out of the scheme, and will have their subsidies minimized, similar to that of the highest earning group - currently 50% for class B2 and 65% for class C wards.

New hospital planned in Jurong (2015)

The Singapore Government has announced plans for a new general hospital in the Jurong region. To be built near the Jurong East town centre in the open land parcels between Boon Lay Way and Jurong East Street 21 (near IMM mall), the Jurong General Hospital (working name) will be opened in 2015.

The new 550-bed hospital will provide acute inpatient and outpatient care, and will be co-sited with a community hospital (200 beds). This follows a similar model to that of Changi General Hospital (CGH) and St. Andrew's Community Hospital in Simei in the eastern region of Singapore.