Unwrapped: Healthier SG – If it’s preventive healthcare, why start from age 60?

  • Healthier SG is a major transformation of Singapore’s healthcare system, shifting the emphasis from reactively caring for those who are sick, to proactively preventing them from falling sick.
  • To do so, Singapore residents need to be linked to a family doctor, and foster community support for healthier lifestyles and hopefully delay the deterioration of health, reduce the burden on loved ones, and improve quality of life.
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia takes a look at whether our healthcare system, having been one that cares for the sick and doctors taught to treat disease rather than to enhance health, can the structure, be flexible enough to promote health beyond cursory generic advice of “exercise more, eat less and sleep enough”?

Healthier SG is said to be long overdue in overhauling the country’s healthcare structure, changing decades-long “sick care” system to one that promotes healthier lifestyle and improves the quality of life of those living in the country.

The Health Ministry (MOH) has articulated key features of Healthier SG, which include family doctors delivering preventive care, community partners supporting lifestyle adjustments and the necessary enablers to “make it easy to do the right thing”.

But  there are legitimate challenges to overcome for a successful roll-out.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans.

We discuss if this holistic approach that starts from the community to hospital care is the only way forward for a rapidly ageing Singapore.

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