The Ministry of Health has come up with several strategies to ensure a strong public healthcare sector. One of the key strategies is the '3 Beyonds'. This consists of:
Through these '3 Beyonds' we can champion a healthy nation to live well, live long and with peace of mind.
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There are three healthcare clusters in Singapore and each cluster oversees a specific region namely:
The healthcare clusters are equipped with a range of facilities, capabilities, services and networks across different care settings. They are able to deliver comprehensive and person-centred health promotion, disease prevention, curative and rehabilitative care for the population within their region.
The Ministry of Health works closely with the clusters to ensure cross-cluster information flow and coordinated services so that they are able to work in tandem and provide a coordinated public healthcare system for Singaporeans.
Acute hospitals provide multi-disciplinary inpatient and specialist outpatient services with 24-hour accident and emergency departments. Hence, there would be higher complexity of patient cases and load that requires more critical and immediate medical assessment and intervention.
Given the limited bed space in acute hospitals, most patients with stabilised conditions will generally be discharged or transferred to the Community Care sector for further recovery and rehabilitation. At the Community Care sector, care plans are developed based on assessment of an individual's care needs and goals, as well as following through with his /her recovery journey over a longer period vis-à-vis more short-term and episodic care in acute settings.
There are various care settings and types of services (ranging from residential-based, centre-based to home-based care) catering to the varying needs of clients.
Aligned with the 'Three Beyonds', there is a greater focus on providing appropriate care in the right care setting. Patients will be able to receive quality healthcare within their community, with lesser hassle, greater accessibility and at an affordable cost. Correspondingly, this would require an expansion of the capabilities and capacity in the Community Care sector, including efforts to attract more young talents and groom them into future Community Care leaders.