Ageing Health in Singapore

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Fraser Clarke

Singaporeans over the age of 60 should live longer healthier lives thanks to a range of new initiatives.

Announced last week by the country’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, to mark Singapore’s national day, elderly people can expect to enjoy more subsidised healthcare, greater access to polyclinics and exclusive packages only available to those over the age of 60.

Known as ‘Mordeka’, the new package is only available to those born between 1950 and 1959, and will provide top-ups to existing health insurance funds, as well as payments that will help to meet the cost of long-term care.

Polyclinics are also set to grow to help meet the changing demands of an ageing population, with six new facilities set to open across the city by the start of 2023.

Speaking as he announced the news, Prime Minister Loong said: “We want all Singaporeans to have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.

“By opening new polyclinics we will make sure there is affordable, accessible, high-quality primary care throughout Singapore.

“I think we especially owe something to the independence generation.”

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