Capacity, quality and affordability of palliative care will be enhanced to support an ageing population.
By 2020, MOH will increase the number of inpatient palliative care beds from 182 (in 2015) to 360, and we will be able to serve 6,000 home palliative care patients per year.
To enhance the quality of palliative care, MOH has been working with the Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) to develop and implement a set of National Guidelines for Palliative Care. MOH is also working with AIC, SHC and community partners to increase awareness and uptake of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Singapore.
MOH has raised the Medisave withdrawal limits for both inpatient and home-based palliative care, and lifted personal Medisave withdrawal limits for home-based patients with cancer or end-stage organ failure.
Additionally, MOH has improved funding for home palliative care providers by moving away from funding based on the number of visits made to patients to funding based on a fixed amount for every patient under their care each month.
Subsidies for day hospice services, which provide healthcare and social support in a day care setting to meet the needs of palliative care patients, have also been rolled out.