Affordable and Subsidized Healthcare and Screening For The Elderly

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Affordable and Subsidized Healthcare and Screening For The Elderly

It is estimated that by 2030, a quarter of Singapore’s population will be above the age of 65. It is common for the elderly to develop medical problems, ranging from the usual aches / pains to chronic diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes (up to half of people above 65 years old have hypertension!).

1. The elderly has specific health screening recommendations.

Some common health problems that the elderly face include:

  • Cognitive decline (e.g., memory loss/depression)
  • Balance issues
  • Heart diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease such as Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in smokers
  • Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol
  • Influenza/Pneumonia
  • Cancer: Women have higher cervical/breast cancer and men have colon/prostate cancer risk
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2. Affordable & Subsidized Screening

Health Promotion Board (HPB) runs the Screen for Life (SFL), a national screening programme that encourages Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to go for regular health screening and follow-up. This allows early detection and treatment of medical conditions and are available ONLY at CHAS private clinics.

There are several basic tests covered under SFL that are recommended based on age groups. Chronic illness covers cholesterol and sugar check for diabetes. Cervical cancer (for females) cover pap smears / HPV test at intervals.

Screen for Life (SFL)

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Screen for:
- Cervical cancer
Screen for:
- Chronic illness
- Cervical cancer
Screen for:
- Colorectal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Chronic illness
- Cervical cancer
The subsidy is free for Pioneers. CHAS Blue, CHAS Orange and Merdeka Generation (MG) cardholders will need to pay a fixed fee of $2. All other Singaporeans, including CHAS Green cardholders, only need to pay $5.

3. Health screening for the elderly may require more tests

The elderly may often have many health complaints that may not be covered fully by performing the above SFL cancer & chronic disease checks. Just as screening in the younger age groups are best done based on customization to your health needs, the elderly can benefit from targeted screening.

Here at ATA, we put together a Silver Package , including tests we feel are beneficial for yearly checks. These include:

  • Biometric Examination
  • Comprehensive blood analysis: Cholesterol, sugar, liver, kidney, full blood count, thyroid panel, hepatitis status, selected cancer markers, bone & joint profile, ultrasound carotid (for stroke risk) and bone mass density using ultrasound heel device
  • Urine test
  • Medical consultation with our doctors
  • Abbreviated Mental Test (AMT) for memory screening *if deemed necessary during consultation

We also have further options to top up mammograms and ultrasounds at affordable prices.

4. There are recommended vaccinations for the elderly (>65)

It is not only children who require vaccinations to protect against common viruses. Our elderly is susceptible to harmful bacteria and viruses as our immune system weakens with age and certain medical conditions.

There are 2 specific vaccinations recommended for the elderly:

  • Influenza (INF) aka common cold. The prevailing flu strains change twice a year and we recommend flu shots once a year to protect against the common flu strains. This is important regardless of whether one travels as Influenza is present even in Singapore!
  • Pneumococcal vaccines prevent pneumococcal disease (e.g lung, ear, brain or blood infections) caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. As a general recommendation, one dose of the vaccine is administered at age of 65 and a second dose at 66 years. Patients with certain conditions e.g diabetes, chronic lung disease may require different dosing regimen.

Our centre is well equipped with the latest Southern Hemisphere (SH) quadrivalent flu vaccine and pneumococcal (PCV13 and PPSV23) vaccines. Pioneer Generation (PG) and Merdeka (MG) card holders can enjoy complimentary vaccines at our clinic.

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