SINGAPORE (Feb 11): Alia (not her real name) is the primary caregiver of her two sons: an energetic six-year-old kindergartner, and a 10-year-old, who is autistic. With her hands full, she often worried that her elder son could not communicate his discomfort when he was ill. Things have improved, however, after she took him for therapy sessions at Club Rainbow, a non-profit organisation that provides services and therapies for children with chronic illnesses. “He can socialise a lot better now,” she tells The Edge Singapore as she brings her two sons home after a session at Club Rainbow.

Club Rainbow works closely with some of the government-restructured hospitals for patients to be referred. Alia says that hospital check-up appointments can be hard to get and queues can be long — significant challenges for a mother of two young children.

In Singapore, long-term care for chronic conditions is complemented by the private sector, including non-profit groups and private healthcare services providers. But observers say there could be more government support for families such as Alia’s, particularly in the areas of long-term and primary care, so as to keep these services affordable and accessible to all.

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