In an effort to provide patients with more holistic primary care, the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) scheme enables patients to be cared for under a multidisciplinary team and have access to ancillary and support services. Under the scheme, General Practitioners (GPs) from private clinics can form virtual networks to share resources and provide teambased chronic disease management in the community.
Participating GPs are now provided resources through MOH and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to enable more seamless care for their patients with chronic disease. Leveraging on inter-disciplinary expertise through a chronic disease registry administered by each PCN, participating GPs on PCNs are now better supported administratively to closely monitor and manage their patients’ chronic conditions.
Dr Jacqueline Yam, Medical Director of AcuMed Medical Group, and PCN Leader for Assurance PCN, has the following to say about the PCN initiative:
“By grouping together and forming a PCN, resources such as Diabetic Retinal Photography, Foot Screening and Nurse Counselling can be shared. The provision of Nurse Counselling services and the close tracking of patients on the Disease Registry will achieve better patient compliance and improvement in patients’ medical issues. The funding from MOH and AIC also help manage the direct costs of these services for our patients.”
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