One in two Singaporeans to have access to at least three healthier options by 2020
Published: 23 Apr 2014 1513 hrs
As part of the Healthy Living Master Plan, Singaporeans will have more access to healthier dining choices, health promoting programmes and services as well as facilities to help promote healthier lifestyles by 2020. About one million employees will see more health-promoting programmes in their workplaces, and more than 90% of students will be eating healthier meals in their schools. More projects will also be launched in the community to promote healthy living.
New Air Quality Reporting System to take effect from 1 Apr 2014
Published: 20 Mar 2014 1822 hrs
The new air quality reporting system, which will incorporate PM2.5 into the current PSI, will take effect from 1 Apr 2014. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Manpower have also revised their haze health advisories for the general public and for employees. These new advisories will also take effect from 1 Apr 2014. In the interim period up to 1 April 2014, members of the public and employers may refer to NEA’s haze forecasts and advisories found on www.nea.gov.sg.
Protection from Harassment Bill passed in Parliament
Published: 14 Mar 2014 1847 hrs
The Protection from Harassment Bill passed in Parliament on 13 Mar 2014, better protects victims of harassment. It clarifies that harassment and related behaviour are offences, whether committed in the physical world or online. Protection orders or notification orders can be made against those who harass or perpetuate falsehood online, even those hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. The Bill also introduces unlawful stalking as a new offence.
1,800 more households to benefit from Comcare assistance; more support for Persons with Disabilities
Published: 13 Mar 2014 1918 hrs
1,800 more households will benefit from Comcare assistance following the revision of income cap from $1,700 to $1,900. Kindergarten education will now be more affordable for low and middle income families following enhancements made to the Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS). There will also be more support for early intervention services and transport for Persons with Disabilities in the form of subsidies and programmes.
Government to increase share of national healthcare expenditure; expanded Medisave use for more types of outpatient treatment
Published: 12 Mar 2014 2303 hrs
Medisave will be expanded to include more healthcare needs, including a new flexi Medisave scheme for the elderly by 2015. Aside from more subsidies provided for Specialist Outpatient clinics and for drugs, the government will also bear most of the initial costs for MediShield Life, with subsidies on premiums for Pioneer Generation members. 4 new hospitals and 11,000 more hospital/nursing home beds will be ready by 2020. Home-based care services and manpower capabilities will also be expanded.
   
One in two Singaporeans to have access to at least three healthier options by 2020 NEW AIR QUALITY REPORTING SYSTEM TO TAKE EFFECT FROM 1 APR 2014 parliament MSF Government to increase share of national healthcare expenditure; expanded Medisave use for more types of outpatient treatment
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