Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) recently drafted a new Healthcare Services (HCS) Bill aimed to bridge the gap between the country’s changing healthcare needs and technological advances. According to the MOH, the healthcare landscape in Singapore is undergoing significant changes, including an ageing population, increased chronic disease prevalence, and advancements in medicine and health technologies. The HCS Bill will “better safeguard the safety and well-being of patients, while enabling new and innovative services that benefit patients to be developed, in the changing healthcare environment.”
Currently, healthcare providers in Singapore are licensed and regulated under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA), which was designed to protect patient safety through the licensing of physical healthcare premises. But, brick and mortar locations are quickly becoming a thing of the past as more and more healthcare services are delivered through mobile and online channels. MOH intends to respond to this shift by repealing the PHMCA and replacing it with this new HCS Bill.