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Volume 50, Number 11 November 2021

A Singapore retrospective study examined over 250,000 patients, among whom 62.4% were with multiple chronic diseases (multimorbidity). The findings revealed that the median annual healthcare cost per capita for patients with multimorbidity was about twice the amount of those without multimorbidity. Preventive measures comprising lifestyle changes and regular screenings for patients with existing conditions, complemented by IT solutions, may enable better management.

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Healthcare cost of patients with multiple chronic diseases in Singapore public primary care...

Image Credit: iStock.com/elenabs The rising occurrence of individuals suffering from multiple chronic diseases, namely multimorbidity, is of public health concern globally.1 The current prevalence of multimorbidity in Singapore ranges from 26 to 89% by various studies depending on the definition...

Prevention and management of multimorbidity to ensure healthcare sustainability

Singapore has a healthcare system that is distinguished by its ability to achieve top health outcomes at very low healthcare expenditures.1 Yet one of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) foremost policy concerns is the sustainability of the healthcare system...

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Adverse reactions and safety profile of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines among Asian military...

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in the way of life for many around the world.1,2 After more than a year, many countries continue to struggle with rising infection rates, and economic and social impact of the...

Outcomes of second-tier rapid response activations in a tertiary referral hospital: A prospective...

Despite its widespread adoption, rapid response systems (RRS) and rapid response teams (RRT) vary significantly in composition and set-up.1-3 While implementation of RRSs appear to be associated with reduced cardiac arrest rate and improved mortality,4,5 their optimal composition, activation...

200 years of surgery at the General Hospital, Singapore

Western medicine in Singapore began with Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival on 28 January 1819 with a sub-assistant surgeon, Dr Thomas Prendergast, providing medical care for the expedition.1 The first official surgeon, Dr William Montgomerie, arrived in May that year...

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