Sunday 30 October 2011

Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) - Use of medisave

The Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) was launched on 1 October 2006 to improve care for persons with chronic diseases and to lower long-term healthcare costs.

Among the chronic medical conditions, six (6) chronic diseases namely Diabetes, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Lipid disorders (High Blood Cholestrol), Stroke, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma are included under this scheme.

The treatment for chronic diseases is costly when administered collectively over a long period. In Singapore, as part of the national effort to improve the management of chronic diseases, the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) was introduced by the Ministry of Health to improve the level of care and to reduce the healthcare cost for persons with chronic diseases when they seek medical treatment.

CDMP is an evidence-based structured Disease Management Programme. Under the CDMP, patients can draw on their Medisave account to help reduce out-of-pocket payments for outpatient treatment for their chronic diseases. With effect from April 2008, the use of Medisave for CDMP is applicable for the following medical conditions:

- Diabetes Mellitus
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Stroke
- Asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Medisave to cover 2 more mental illnesses from 1 November 2011
By Poon Chian Hui, The Straits Times, 30 Oct 2011

From Nov 1, people can tap on Medisave to help pay for outpatient treatment of dementia and bipolar disorder, such as for doctor consultations and medication.

The Health Ministry (MOH) on Sunday announced the start of the extension of the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) to these two mental illnesses. It was first mentioned at this year's Health Budget in March.

The Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), where needy elderly patients can see their general practitioner (GP) at polyclinic rates, will similarly be extended to include bipolar disorder and dementia.

This brings the total number of chronic diseases covered under these two schemes to 10.

The others are diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, lipid disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, schizophrenia and major depression.

Patients can withdraw $300 per Medisave account a year - their own or those of their immediate family members.

From 2012, the yearly cap will be increased to $400 under the new Medisave400 scheme. Up to 10 Medisave accounts can be used in one claim.

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