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 health screening, 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.
- HPB’s Nurse Educator Programme
Trained nurse educators will provide individuals with chronic disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol) with the necessary knowledge and skills to better manage their chronic condition. Click here for more information.
- Chronic Disease Programmes
For a list of healthcare providers with chronic disease programmes do refer to the Directory of Health Promotion Services.
- 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 www.hpb.gov.sg/chronicdiseases/ 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 January 2014, the use of Medisave for CDMP is applicable for the following fifteen medical 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
- Nephritis/ Nephrosis
Participating clinics will display this decal.
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