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|PAIR up for primary care excellence: Perspectives from a primary healthcare provider in Singapore
|Tan, N.C. (2014). PAIR up for primary care excellence: Perspectives from a primary healthcare provider in Singapore. Singapore Medical Journal 55 (3) : 110-116. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2014030
|Singapore is facing an increasing noncommunicable disease burden due to its ageing population. Singapore's primary healthcare services, provided by both polyclinic physicians and private general practitioners, are available to the public at differential fees for service. The resultant disproportionate patient loads lead to dissatisfaction for both healthcare providers and consumers. This article describes the 'PAIR UP' approach as a potential endeavour to facilitate primary care physicians (PCPs) in public and private sectors to collaborate to deliver enhanced primary care in Singapore. PAIR UP is an acronym referring to Policy, Academic development, Integration of healthcare information system, Research in primary care, Utility and safety evaluation, and Practice transformation. The current healthcare landscape is favourable to test out this multipronged approach. PCPs in both sectors can ride on it and work together synergistically to provide quality primary care in Singapore.
|Singapore Medical Journal
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