Use of Singapore CPF Medisave for treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Singapore (The Straits Times, ST)

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Medisave Singapore - Bipolar Disorder

Use of Medisave for treatment of bipolar disorder in Singapore

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by!

I have been very busy lately and not able to post or visit much. It's so good to be back again and count my blessings with all of you!

♥  Thank God for giving me much grace and strength in these recent weeks when I am busy with work, family and serving in church. Thank God for giving me simple peace and joy in Him daily.

♥ Thank God that Medisave has been approved for use in treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Singapore! This was reported recently in The Straits Times (ST) Singapore newspaper, 18 March 2011. This is indeed helpful to some patients as treatment for bipolar disorder is long term.

Here is a copy of the newspaper article (Click at the image to see a larger version). It is also available online here.


Medisave (Chinese: 保健储蓄) is a national medical savings account system for Singaporeans. The system allows Singaporeans to put aside part of their income into a Medisave account to meet future personal or immediate family's hospitalization, day surgery and for certain outpatient expenses. This Medisave is part of every employee's contribution to the Singapore Central Provident Fund (CPF) every month.

Thank God that now Medisave can be used to pay part of the outpatient treatment of bipolar disorder patients. It was reported that more people are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, affirming the recent move by the Health Ministry (MOH) to free up Medisave funds to cover their outpatient treatment bills.

♥ Thank God that I can serve the Lord through this bipolar disorder blog and help to contribute a little bit towards the awareness of bipolar disorder in Singapore, and share some resources available on treatment of bipolar disorder.

Thank God that through this blog, the reporter from The Straits Times (ST) Singapore, Miss Poon Chian Hui kindly approached me for an interview regarding this report on the approval of the usage of Medisave for the outpatients treatment of bipolar disorder. 

Thank God that through the interview I have the opportunity to share some of my concerns regarding bipolar disorder in Singapore. It is sad that there is still a lot of ignorance, misunderstanding and terrible stigma associated with bipolar disorder and depression in Singapore. Like others with this neurological condition, I too feel that much can be done to raise awareness of this condition so that more compassion and understanding can be extended to us. I suggested in the interview that employers could be urged not to discriminate against mental patients. I also suggested that employers be offered financial perks if they allow extended time off, or shorter and flexible working hours for employees with mental illnesses. Hopefully in future, there will be more acceptance and help for this condition and other mental health condition in Singapore.

♥ Previously I was also interviewed by Straits Times Singapore regarding Bipolar Blog in Singapore on how blogging helped me to cope with Bipolar Disorder. I posted about it here. Thank God that the article has helped some of my readers.

♥ I thank God for all of you, for your prayers and encouragements. Thanks for stopping by!

Take care and have a blessed week!

Warm regards,
Nancie



My brother took this lovely picture in New Zealand.
GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.

For other resources on depression and bipolar, click here

20 Kind thoughts:

Redeemed1 said...

Welcome back! What wonderful blessings.
Happy Thankful Thursday,
Jessica

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for stopping by. It was so good to stop by your blog and read of your thankful heart. Like you, I am also thankful to our Lord for His precious blood that cleanses us from all our sins! It is through His blood and mercy that we are saved and can experience His love and grace daily.

May He keep you in His love and give you much joy and strength as you walk with Him. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Heart Song said...

Hi Nancie,

There really is such a stigma regarding mental illness. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts as an advocate for those who suffer from this terrible disease!

And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment.

God bless you,
Marsha

marja said...

Hi Nancie,

You're becoming a real spokesperson for people who live with bipolar disorder. That's so good! So good that you're willing to be know and not be afraid of being stigmatized! Because of what you're doing, more people will be willing to stand up and be counted. You are doing much to reduce the stigma.

Thank you so much, Nancie, for what you are doing in Singapore. And thank God that He has given you that courage. Thank God for ALL the gifts He has given you to be the person you are.

Love,
marja

Judy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and for this heartfelt post. What a blessing that you are serving the Lord with your life and heart. Have a wonderful week!

Patti Hanan said...

I am glad to have found your blog. I know you help many with the information you give about depression and bi-polar disorder. I also like the title of your blog. It comes from one of my favorite bible verses. Thanks be to God that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

Karen said...

May the Lord bless you in all you are doing for others and send it back 100 fold....

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Marsha,

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, there is such a stigma regarding mental illness. I hope to continue to serve the Lord in whatever way I can to help others who suffer in this way.

I am sorry that you loss a dear friend recently. It is such a comfort to know that He is with our Lord. And what a blessed hope that one day you shall be reunited with him again in our Lord's presence! This is such a comfort to us when our loved ones or friends leave us. We know they are at a better place with our Lord and we shall meet again one day. Thank God for comforting you and giving you much hope. Take care and God bless you!

Warm regards in Christ,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Marja,

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. It's so good to hear from you again. You are a great spokesperson for people who live with bipolar disorder too. I am encouraged by your example to help others and I pray God will use me like the ways He is using you to be a blessing and help to others.

I love the pictures you took and share with us on your blog. Thank God for giving you this gift of creativity! Yes, life truly becomes meaningful when we use our gifts to serve God and others. Thank God for ALL the gifts He is giving us so that we can serve Him and glorify Him. Take care and hope you have a very blessed weekend!

Love,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Judy,

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words of encouragements!

I am encouraged by your thankful post too. It is indeed a very blessed truth and very comforting that the Holy Spirit is within us and has already overcome the world and any spirit that seeks to steal our joy. And God has already won the battle for us. We are more than conquerors through Him Who loves us!

May God continue to bless your soul with His precious promises. Thank our Lord Jesus Christ that He is with us through all the changing scenes in life, He loves us dearly and His grace is sufficient for us. Take care and God bless you!

Warm regards in Christ,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Patti,

It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment.

I am encouraged by your sharing, the Bible verses and photos you shared with us in your thankful post.

Thank you for sharing this touching testimony of Anne with us. Thank God for giving her so much grace to grow through the adversities in her life. This is our greatest comfort too in the trials of our life that our Lord is with us and He is working all things for His glory and our good. He sanctifies us and mould us through these experiences and enable us to know Him in very real and personal ways. I can't imagine what it would be like for me without our Lord!

Take care and God bless.

Warm regards in Christ,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by and your encouragements. It's so nice to hear from you again. May God bless you too in every aspect of your life. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Casdok said...

Wonderful to hear of your contributions. Medisave sounds as though it will be very useful for a lot of epople.

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancie! Good to "hear" from you again!!! Sorry I haven't been on my blog or participating in TT. Life happened again. Just too busy but I had something I felt important to say today so I posted. Hope you'll stop by. That is wonderful news about your friend Ms Tam. I loved the snow pic your friend took. I guess I just always thought it was warm all the time where you are! LOL

My art has been going really well. It keeps me sane. LOL As do my friends.

Keep up your good work. I am proud of you and admire you for what you do. Blessings to you.

Peggy (mazmagi) said...

Thanking You, Lord with and for Nancie! Continue to pour Your unfailing Love and amazing Grace over Nancie! Since I am on my 40 days away to pray, I'd just like Nancie to know I am thinking of her often and praying to You for her. Thank You that Nancie is more than a conqueror! Thank You Lord that through her own words and thankfulness right here, that Nancie is praising You for the strength You are giving her and thanking You in everything! Thank You Lord that even in the busy time, Nancie is enJOYing simple peace, REST and Joy in You. Praising You with Nancie for all You are making possible in Singapore! Watch over Nancie and continue to restore, rebuild and keep her well and maintained by Your tender care and guidance.
We love You and give thanks together for so many blessings! I count Nancie as one of my many blessings, sisters and dear friend... as always... be gracious unto her and let Your light fall upon her each day to guide her way and bring her family to Your Light
in Jesus precious name I ask...

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Yes, Medisave is indeed useful for many people. Thanks for stopping by, Casdok. It's good to hear from you again. C and you are in my prayers. Take care and have a great weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Becky, thanks for stopping by my blog and your very sweet and encouraging comment. It's so good to "hear" from you again :)

Thank God for making you such a blessing to many people. Through your post, I can sense that you are someone who treasures your relationship with others. I am sure you are greatly appreciated by many too though they may not express it at times. You are surely greatly appreciated by me! You are always very encouraging and I know you care! Thank God for giving you such precious friends like Anne and Nancy. May you continue to find many true and wonderful friendships with the people around you as you seek to be a blessing to others! Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Peggy, thank you for stopping by and this heartfelt prayers! It is always so good to hear from you. You are always very encouraging and kind. You are in my thoughts and prayers too. May God continue to keep you close to Him and shower you with His abundant love, peace and joy! Take care and have a very blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

becky aka theRAV said...

Just stopping by to check in on you hoping and praying you are ok. This doesn't require you answering back if you are not up to par even though I love "hearing" from you. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you today.

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Becky,

Thank you so much for your sweet note :) It's so good to hear from you. It makes my day :)

I am thinking of you and praying for you. Take care and have a blessed week!

Warm regards,
Nancie

 

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