Medisave use for Bipolar Disorder in Singapore beginning 1 November 2011

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Thank God there are some good news for people undergoing treatment for Bipolar Disorder in Singapore!

From 1 November 2011, sufferers of bipolar disorder will be able use their Medisave funds to cover the costs of outpatient treatment.

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.

The Health Ministry (MOH) of Singapore has just announced the extension of the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) to 2 mental illnesses - dementia and bipolar disorder. It was first mentioned at this year's Health Budget in March.

The CDMP was launched in 2006 to allow Medisave funds to be used in the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders and stroke. Over the past three years, more chronic illnesses, such as major depression and schizophrenia, were added to the list. The inclusion of bipolar disorder and dementia brings the number of diseases covered under the programme to a total of 10.

The extension of the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) will help the reduction of out-of-pocket expenses and make treatment more affordable for Singaporeans who live with such conditions.

Similarly, the Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), where needy elderly patients can see their general practitioner (GP) at polyclinic rates, will similarly be extended to include bipolar disorder and dementia.

The Ministry of Health says this will make it more affordable for Singaporeans to manage the conditions and also avoid unnecessary complications and hospitalisation.

In addition, the amount of Medisave that can be used for treatment of chronic illnesses will be increased from $300 to $400 per Medisave account per year with effect from next year ie 1 January 2012.

It will go a long way in helping the low- and middle-income in seeking treatment for these chronic illnesses, either for themselves or for their loved ones with the conditions."

For full report, read StraitsTimes, AsiaOne and ChannelNewsAsia.

Thank God that I can serve our Lord through this blog. It is solely by God's grace that I am able to cope better with this condition since my diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2007. I was interviewed by Straits Times Singapore in January 2011 this year 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.

Thank God that I was interviewed again by Straits Times Singapore in March 2011 this year regarding this report on the approval of the usage of Medisave for the outpatients treatment of bipolar disorder when MOH first announced that Medisave has been approved for use in treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Singapore. I posted about it here. 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.

How time flies! Tomorrow is November 1. Here is a simple homemade November 2011 Calendars that I made. Making homemade gifts are therapeutic hobbies for me in coping with bipolar disorder.

Do feel free to download and make this homemade 2011 November Calendars for yourself or your family and friends.

To download this Free Printable November 2011 Calendar, place cursor on the picture, click at the picture for a bigger image, right click mouse and choose “save image as”.




For more free homemade Calendars 2011 and 2012, visit :
1. Printable Calendars: Click here
3. Free Bookmarks, Cards and Calendars : Click  here

For information on Bipolar Disorder and Depression:
1. Contact of medical helps in Singapore for Psychiatrist
2. Resources for Depression and Bipolar Disorder
3. Family and Friends' Guide to help loved ones with depression
4. Myths and Facts on mental illness
5. Recovery steps
6. Christian and Depression
7. Finding meaning in a life with bipolar disorder  

16 Kind thoughts:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Hello dear sister. I am happy for this news for you. Sadly, mental illness is a stigma in many parts of the world. And bi polar folks are very often treated badly. They think we all fly off the handle and are out of control. Not true for many of us. love and huggles.

Nancie said...

Hello, Michelle. I have been away for a while. It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for your visit.

It's sad that there is still a very terrible stigma associated with mental illness and bipolar. Yes, it's not true that we are out of control. We are special and we can lead a meaningful life too, by God's grace :)

Take care and God bless you.

Warm regards,
Nancie

GodsOwn/Bernice said...

Good to come here after an longtime...
Have an bless day and month of thanksgiving!

LAURIE said...

Hi Nancie, it is great to have you today over at Thankful Thursday, its been awhile since I have heard from you. Praise God for what He is doing thru you!! What a voice you are having to reach out to those inflicted with bi polar. Keep up the good work and may you be blessed for your faithfulness! ((hugs)) -Laurie

Nancie said...

Hi Bernice,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Wow, the pictures you posted are so lovely! You are so blessed to have such a nice view from your window. It's wonderful to be reminded of what a Great God we have when we look at His creations :)

Take care and have a blessed weekend.

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie said...

Hi Laurie,

Yes, I have been away for a while. It's so good to be back and read of your thankful heart and that of many others.

Thank you for your encouragements. I thank God for all His goodness and mercies to me daily.

Thanks for hosting TT faithfully. May you be blessed for your faithfulness too! ((hugs back to you))

Warm regards,
Nancie

marja said...

Good for you, Nancie, for the way you advocate for people living with bipolar and other mental health conditions. I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work. And stay well, ok?

Love, your friend and sister-in-Christ, marja

Bruce said...

Thanks for sharing a great blog
Dealing with Bipolar disorder

Nancie said...

Thanks, Marja. You are a far better advocate for people living with bipolar and other mental health conditions than me! Keep up your good work and stay well too.

Love,
Nancie

Nancie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Bruce. All the best to you.

Best Regards,
Nancie

Wendy Love said...

Hello Nancie,
It has been a long time since I have dropped by but here I am finally after an absence of two years I think. I have been challenged by computer eyestrain so had to give it up for awhile, now I can handle it a few minutes at a time, and so I am catching up on some old blog friends. I was delighted but not surprised that you continue to put out the same quality stuff you always have, either informative and well-researched or personal and inspiring. Nice to be back.

Nancie said...

Hello Wendy,

Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to hear from you. I have not been able to blog much due to various commitments. Hope to catch up with you. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,
Nancie

ღ soraya ღ said...

nice post thanks for sharing...blessings...

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancie! I hope you are ok. I have been MIB (Missing in blogging) LOL due to my Daddy. I FINALLY found time to post & used it as my TT post for today. I have missed you so much so I stopped by.
Blessing to you.
Becky

Nancie said...

Hello Soraya,

Thanks for stopping by. I am so sorry that I have not been able to blog recently and I only see your comment today. Hope you are well. Take care and God bless you and family.

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie said...

Hi Becky!

Thanks for stopping by. It's so nice to hear from you. I am sorry that I too have been MIB (Missing in blogging)! LOL :)

I have missed you too and many other friends. You have been a great encouragement to me and I trust you are continuing to be a blessing and encouragement to others.

Hope you and family are well. Take care.

Warm regards,
Nancie

 

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