Singapore’s 2018 budget has been released, with the country set to integrate health and social care to better serve its ageing population.
The country’s Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat, said that the plans will: “Help to streamline services for the elderly, as their health and social needs are closely related.”
Elderly care is one of the big winners in the budget, with the Community Network for Seniors system benefiting from the S$500m (£274m) funding boost.
The network collates voluntary welfare organisation, grassroots organisations, regional health systems and government agencies, to assist seniors in leading more active social lives, whilst ensuring that their mental and physical health needs are also met.
Finance Minister Seng added: “Our friendly ambassadors will continue to knock on doors, wearing their familiar shirts - only they will now be called the Silver Generation of SG ambassadors.”
Elsewhere in the budget S$150m has been allocated to improving transport links to subsidised dialysis centres throughout the island.
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