Health screening (COS – MOH)

To encourage greater adoption of health screening, I propose that all Singaporeans who reach age 40 be provided with one set of free health screening tests for common chronic conditions and cancers under HPB’s Integrated Screening Programme. This should include the cost of the doctor’s consultation.

Parliament, 12 March 2014

Madam,

Age-appropriate preventive health screenings have been recognised as a cost-effective way to identify health problems before they develop further and end up being more costly to treat.

However, many are reluctant to undergo health screenings because of the inconvenience, cost or fear that it will reveal health problems, whose treatment may be beyond their ability to pay for.

More resources should be invested in promoting regular health screening on a wider scale. High risk groups should be identified and greater efforts should be made to reach out to them.

To encourage greater adoption of health screening, I propose that all Singaporeans who reach age 40 be provided with one set of free health screening tests for common chronic conditions and cancers under HPB’s Integrated Screening Programme. This should include the cost of the doctor’s consultation.

Subsequent health screenings should be provided at subsidised rates, and patients should be allowed to use their Medisave to pay for the remaining cost.

Having more Singaporeans in high risk age groups undergo regular health screenings could reduce overall health expenditure, as diseases are detected earlier, hence requiring less costly interventions.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

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  1. Please put forward my proposals:
    1) I propose all Singaporeans who served NS be given 50% discount in the purchase of a HDB flat, and govt guarantee once applicant put in application, they will be able to get one within 3 years max

    2) I propose all seniors who reached the age of 65 be given FREE ANNUAL health screenings in all hospitals, including private hospitals. This is to relieve the govt hospitals the congestion expected.

    3) I propose all eligible locals who can show the need for a vehicle be entitled to subsidised COE up to a max of 90%. This is to relieve cost of living stress.

    4) I propose FREE University education for all LOCAL citizens.

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