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SG MoM launches new primary healthcare system for migrant workers

The new system, set for implementation in 2022, will provide migrant workers with quality, affordable and accessible healthcare catered to their needs.

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has appointed four Anchor Operators (AOs) to deliver a new primary healthcare system for migrant workers.

The MoM has appointed Fullerton Healthcare Group, SATA CommHealth, and StarMed Specialist Centre as AOs for five geographical sectors after evaluating the proposals submitted for the ministry's Request for Proposal (RFP). For the sixth geographical sector, MoM appointed St Andrew's Mission Hospital, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), as the operator under a philanthropy-led initiative. The mix of operators will enable MoM to assess the benefits and strengths that different commercial and NGO operators bring.

At the same time, the MoM will introduce a new primary care plan (PCP) to ensure that healthcare services for migrant workers are kept affordable. Under the PCP, medical consultations and treatments, medical examination for work pass purposes, and telemedicine services will be covered.

To encourage prudent use of medical resources and instil personal ownership 
of their health, migrant workers will pay the AOs a medical treatment fee of $5 for 
each visit to the medical centre, and $2 for each telemedicine session.

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