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For the past few months, patients presenting to GP clinics with acute respiratory infection symptoms have had to undergo the COVID-19 PCR swabs. In light of the unfolding cluster cases in various areas, the Ministry of Health has come up with new guidelines with regards to the handling of patients with acute respiratory infections (ARI).


Based on the new MOH guidelines, as of 15 May 2021, patients presenting with ARI symptoms have to undergo both a Antigen Rapid Test swab and a PCR swab. The Antigen Rapid Test swab takes about 15-20 minutes for us to get a positive or negative result, however, it is less accurate than that of a PCR swab test result, hence the PCR swab test will still have to be done. The PCR swab test result will take about 24-48 hours to be released. The reason why MOH has taken the step to have 2 swabs done is to help with early detection and identification of positive cases so that we can take early action in isolating these cases to prevent community transmission.


Patients who go through both the ART and PCR swabs will be given 2-3 days of MC/SHN, and they can de-isolate themselves after their PCR results are out. Patients who choose to go through the PCR swab test only will be given 5 days MC/SHN and can de-isolate themselves once their PCR swab test comes back negative. However, those who choose to only do the ART swab test will be given 5 days MC/SHN and will have to finish serving the whole SHN before they can de-isolate themselves.


Similar as before, patients who visit Intemedical Kovan with ARI symptoms will only have to pay $5 or $10 co-payment as part of the SASH and FSS schemes, for their visit and swabs, as the government will be subsidizing and covering the bulk of the payment for your GP visit.


If you have any queries or for further information on the new swab scheme, please contact us at:


Appointment Portal: https://forms.gle/HyGy59i9mYx4sEi96

(most direct and fuss-free)


WhatsApp: 8879 9404

(available during clinic opening hours, 8am to 12am)


Mobile: 8879 9404

(messaging preferred)


Landline: 6243 3036

(please be aware that the phone might be engaged due to high call volume)



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Here at Intemedical Kovan, we are poised and comfortable in dealing with babies and children of all ages. We can conduct your interval childhood development screening as required, and also administer childhood vaccinations as required (refer to our “NCIS and CDS” post), allowing you to enjoy more cost-savings compared to visiting a paediatrician.


Children may be naturally scared to visit the doctor, but we aim to make the visit as pain-free and comfortable for them as possible, to eliminate the pre-conceived fear that they may have in seeing a doctor.


We deal with acute paediatric cases on a daily basis, from the regular cough and colds, stomach flu, to even procedures such as suturing/ tissue glue for wounds, blood-taking and ear syringing occasionally.


We also work with partnering paediatric specialists whom co-manage some of our patients to provide holistic care for your child.


We look forward to being your child’s regular health service provider.


If you have any queries or for further information or to make an appointment for your child, please contact us at:


Appointment Portal: https://forms.gle/HyGy59i9mYx4sEi96

(most direct and fuss-free)


WhatsApp: 8879 9404

(available during clinic opening hours, 8am to 12am)


Mobile: 8879 9404

(messaging preferred)


Landline: 6243 3036

(please be aware that the phone might be engaged due to high call volume)


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Updated: May 28



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The Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) is an initiative by MOH that allows you to pay for your chronic disease management in a Medisave-approved clinic, like our Intemedical Kovan Clinic, using your MediSave savings.


The CDMP covers the following 20 chronic conditions:

1) Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes

2) Hypertension (high blood pressure)

3) Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)

4) Stroke

5) Asthma

6) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

7) Schizophrenia

8) Major Depression

9) Bipolar Depression

10) Dementia

11) Osteoarthritis

12) Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

13) Anxiety

14) Parkinson's Disease

15) Chronic Kidney Disease (Nephrosis/Nephritis)

16) Epilepsy

17) Osteoporosis

18) Psoriasis

19) Rheumatoid Arthritis

20) Ischaemic Heart Disease



The CDMP scheme is applicable for all eligible Singaporeans, and patients can make use of their immediate family member’s medisave (spouse, children, parents) to make their claims too. Those with simple chronic conditions can use up to $500 per patient yearly, while those with complex chronic conditions will be able to use up to $700 per patient yearly. A simple chronic condition is defined as if the patient has received treatment for only one CDMP condition. While complex chronic condition is defined as receiving treatment for two or more different CDMP conditions in one visit, or receiving treatment for at least one CDMP condition with recognized complications.


Each CDMP claim is subject to a 15% co-payment by the patient. This means that if the final cost of the visit is $100, $85 can be claimed from MediSave, while $15 will have to be bourne by the patient his/herself.


FlexiMedisave200 was introduced for those 60 years and above to allow them to use their MediSave or their spouse’s MediSave (if their age is also 60 and above), up to $200 for outpatient medical treatment. Hence, for those 60 and above, their total allowance under this scheme would be $700 for simple chronic conditions instead of the usual $500, and $900 for complex chronic conditions.


For those holding CHAS, Merdeka, or Pioneer Generation cards, your respective cards will be used to deduct for your chronic conditions before the CDMP is activated for use.


Visit our clinic if you have more questions with regards to CDMP.


Resources:

https://www.moh.gov.sg/policies-and-legislation/chronic-disease-management-programme-(cdmp)


If you have any queries or for further information on CDMP scheme, please contact us at:


Appointment Portal: https://forms.gle/HyGy59i9mYx4sEi96

(most direct and fuss-free)


WhatsApp: 8879 9404

(available during clinic opening hours, 8am to 12am)


Mobile: 8879 9404

(messaging preferred)


Landline: 6243 3036

(please be aware that the phone might be engaged due to high call volume)



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