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Health screening enables you to find out if you have a particular disease or condition even if you do not have any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes. Find out which recommended health screening test is suitable for you
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Health screening is important to everyone. It involves the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect disease early in people who look or feel well. This is different from diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a disease.
Health screening helps you find out if you have a particular disease or condition even if you feel perfectly well, without any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lowers the risk of serious complications. It is therefore important to get yourself screened even if you feel perfectly healthy.
There are 3 types of screening tests1.
Beneficial for everyone: These tests are listed in Table A.
Beneficial for some but not others: Decision to be made on an 'individual' level, based on your individual risk factors e.g. self or family history of hereditary or chronic diseases, exposure to factors that can lead to disease e.g. smoking.
Not recommended for screening: Currently, there is not enough information to support the use of these tests.
It is best to speak to your family doctor who will advise you to go for the relevant screening tests based on your individual health profile.
Find out more about
Type 2 and
Type 3 tests.
View the report of the
Screening Test Review Committee.
Hypertension (High blood pressure)
Hyperlipidaemia (High blood cholesterol)
Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM)
Tandem Mass Spectrometry (TMS)
Thyroid Function Test (TFT)
If your screening results are normal, you should continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency because screening only detects health conditions that are present at the time of screening. If you develop signs or symptoms after your screening, please see your doctor – do not wait for your next screening appointment.
If your screening results are abnormal, you should follow-up with your doctor immediately even if you feel perfectly well. Early treatment and good control of disease can result in better outcomes and prevent or delay serious complications.
A one-off screening will only pick up health conditions that are present at the time of screening. Regular screening helps to detect conditions that may develop after the previous screening. Hence, it is important for you to go for regular screening tests at the recommended frequency.
Health Screening is heavily subsidised for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. If you are aged 50 years and above with a Health Assist card (under
CHAS – Community Health Assist Scheme), you will be entitled to fully paid-for cancer screening tests under the SG50 Cancer Screening initiative. Health Assist cardholders can also claim up to $18.50 for each screening-related and follow-up consultation, for a maximum of two times each year.
If you belong to the Pioneer Generation (PG), the cost of the screening tests (offered under
Screen for Life) is also fully subsidised. PG cardholders can also claim up to $28.50, for each screening-related and follow-up consultation, for up to two times per year.
Check out the
exact costs of the screening tests.
If you have difficulty paying for the screening tests, please speak to the medical social worker at the polyclinics
Good, affordable basic healthcare is also available to Singaporeans through subsidised medical services offered at public hospitals and polyclinics.
Elder Shield and
Medifund schemes can help Singaporeans offset their medical expenses.
Health screening is available at many private medical clinics and polyclinics. Visit the
directory for the list of screening locations.
Currently, Medisave cannot be used for other health screening such as screening for diabetes or high cholesterol. However, if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition covered under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), Medisave may be used to pay for part of the outpatient treatment cost of these diseases.
Women aged 50 and above can use their own or immediate family member’s Medisave for their screening mammograms at approved mammogram centres. Under the Medisave 400 scheme, up to $400 per Medisave account a year can be used for screening mammograms.
Persons aged 50 and above can also use their own or their immediate family member’s Medisave for their screening colonoscopies (to screen for colorectal cancer) at approved colonoscopy centres.
Check out the
list of approved centres or find out more.
In most circumstances, your GP/obstetrician/gynaecologist would have conducted the appropriate tests for you. Please consult them to find out if a health screening is necessary for you.
If you have not been screened in the past three years, and you do not have a chronic condition (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol), please consult your GP for advice on screening. If you have been screened within the last three years, do continue to see your GP for the necessary follow up and advice on health screening.
If you already have one of the chronic diseases and are on medication(s), your doctor would be monitoring your condition as a form of management. Please consult your GP on whether a health screening is necessary for you.
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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