Telemedicine services have seen a tremendous boom during the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more patients feel comfortable using medical services and seeing their doctors online.
As part of the upcoming Health Services Act, the Ministry of Health (MOH) plans to license telemedicine services in the middle of next year.
At the beginning of February, a voluntary list of direct telemedicine providers was introduced who have agreed to comply with certain measures, e.g. B. Ensure their doctors or dentists complete MOH's telemedicine e-learning.
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There are now more than 600 telemedicine providers on the list, including public hospitals, clinics and telemedicine companies.
From April 1st, only the listed persons can offer the subsidies of the Community Health Assistance Scheme (Chas) and MediSave for video consultations for aftercare of chronic diseases.
Initially, only seven chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety were treated. but was expanded to include 20 other chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ischemic heart disease last October.
The law on health services was passed by parliament in early January 2020. It replaces the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act, which was passed in 1980 and last amended in 1999.
At this point in time, the new law should be implemented in three phases from the beginning of 2021 to the end of 2022. The new schedule is now from September 2021 to March 2023.
Selected image source: According to the opening times of the clinic