SINGAPORE (Feb 8): 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, particularly in the areas of long-term and primary care, so as to keep these services affordable and accessible to all.

The Ministry of Health has made concerted efforts to keep medical costs under control and strengthen the provision of overall healthcare services.

Last November, it introduced benchmarks for private practice professional fees for 222 common surgical procedures, taking into account the fees charged in 2017. It has also introduced a mandatory co-payment scheme, where patients have to pay at least 5% of the total hospital bill in cash.

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