Chronic diseases - A Growing Problem in Workplace
Singapore's ageing population and adoption of unhealthy lifestyles has contributed to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. 1 in 4 Singaporeans aged 40 years and above has at least 1 chronic disease(s) (diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol & stroke). The risk of getting one or more of these chronic diseases increases with age. The onset of health complications for such diseases and the high medical costs resulting from hospitalisation can be delayed or even prevented through early detection and appropriate management.
Manage Chronic Diseases - Reduce Economic Cost in the Workplace
Well controlled chronic conditions can reduce an employee's medical leave and hospitalisation rates. In the long run, this reduces health care costs to your organisation, while simultaneously improving productivity.
Tips to Prevent and Manage Chronic Diseases in the Workplace:
- Organise Regular Health Screening for Employees
Early detection and treatment are important because they enable chronic diseases to be detected early before complications set in. For more information on on-site health screening programmes for companies, please click here.
- Offer Programmes for Employees Diagnosed with Chronic Diseases
Good follow-up and care are essential for people with chronic diseases. Improve your employees' chronic conditions by offering special healthcare programmes.
- Chronic Disease Programmes
The Workplace Outreach Wellness (WOW) package provides companies co-funding for chronic disease management package. For more details on the WOW package, please click here.
- Show Support to Your Employees Who Are Diagnosed With Chronic Diseases
Organise a support group for employees with chronic diseases to facilitate mutual sharing of knowledge and skills to cope with their conditions, and to reduce the stigma of chronic diseases in your workplace.
- Educate Your Employees About Chronic Diseases
Education and self-monitoring are important aspects of chronic disease management. Encourage your employees to find out more about their conditions and to be personally responsible for their conditions. You may refer them to https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/96/topics_chronic_diseases for more information and resources on chronic diseases.
- Medisave for Chronic Disease Management Programme
The Medisave for Chronic Disease Management Programme allows patients to use their Medisave to pay for part of their outpatient treatment for the following conditions. With effect from 1 June 2018, the use of Medisave for CDMP is applicable for the following 20 medical chronic conditions:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Lipid Disorders (High Blood Cholesterol)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Major Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (Nephrosis/Nephritis)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ischaemic Heart Disease
Check for participating CDMP GP clinics near you here: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/
Encourage your corporate healthcare provider to sign up for the programme. To check if your corporate healthcare provider has already signed up for this programme, click here.