Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic diseases are long-term medical conditions that persist over time and often require ongoing medical attention or limit an individual’s daily activities. These diseases are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, impacting both the quality of life of individuals and the healthcare systems catering to them.

Common Chronic Diseases

Heart Disease:

A condition where the heart’s blood vessels become narrowed or blocked, leading to potential heart attacks or heart failure.


A metabolic disorder where the body is unable to produce or effectively use insulin, resulting in elevated blood sugar levels.


Occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted, causing brain cells to die. This can result in various disabilities or death.


A respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure):

A condition where the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries is consistently too high, leading to potential heart and kidney diseases.

High Cholesterol:

The presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to the development of atherosclerosis and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

A group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that block airflow and make breathing difficult.

Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP)

The Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) is an initiative designed to provide structured and coordinated care for individuals with chronic diseases. The primary objectives of the CDMP are:

Objective and Benefits of CDMP: The programme aims to enhance the quality of life for patients, reduce complications associated with chronic diseases, and decrease healthcare costs in the long run. Patients enrolled in the CDMP receive personalised care plans, regular monitoring, and education about their condition.

Improving Accessibility, Affordability, and Quality of Care: The CDMP ensures that patients have access to timely medical interventions and treatments. By leveraging MediSave, patients can offset some of their out-of-pocket expenses, making treatments more affordable. The programme also emphasises evidence-based care, ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of medical treatment.

Using MediSave under CDMP

MediSave, a national savings scheme, plays a pivotal role in the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) by offering financial relief to patients.

Benefits of using MediSave:

MediSave allows patients to offset a portion of their medical bills, ensuring that chronic disease management remains affordable. By tapping into their MediSave accounts, patients can alleviate the financial burden of regular treatments and check-ups.

How MediSave reduces out-of-pocket healthcare costs:

Under the CDMP, patients can use their MediSave for outpatient treatments, including consultations, laboratory tests, and medications. This significantly reduces the direct costs patients would otherwise incur.

MediSave claim details and co-payment information:

Patients can claim up to a specific limit for each chronic condition annually. However, there’s a co-payment component, where patients cover a portion of the bill, ensuring judicious use of MediSave funds.

Conditions Covered Under CDMP

The CDMP encompasses a wide range of chronic conditions, ensuring comprehensive care for patients.

List of medical conditions covered: 

Apart from the previously mentioned conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma, the CDMP also covers conditions such as osteoarthritis, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Expansion of conditions under CDMP:

The programme continually evolves to cater to the healthcare needs of the population. New conditions, such as gout, allergic rhinitis, and chronic hepatitis B, have been integrated into the CDMP, ensuring that more patients benefit from structured care.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why was the CDMP initiated?

    The CDMP was initiated to address the growing prevalence of chronic diseases and to provide a structured approach to their management, ensuring better health outcomes for patients.

    How to enrol for Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP)?

    Head to your nearby DR+ Clinic, our doctors will evaluate your condition and recommend you for CDMP if necessary.

    Are there any eligibility criteria for patients to enrol in the CDMP?

    While the CDMP is designed for patients with chronic conditions, specific eligibility criteria might vary based on the severity of the condition and other factors. It’s best to consult with a doctor for detailed information.

    How does the CDMP compare to other chronic disease management programmes globally?

    The CDMP is tailored to the healthcare landscape of Singapore, focusing on accessibility, affordability, and quality of care. While there are similarities with other global programmes, the CDMP has unique features like the integration of MediSave.

    Can patients use MediSave for conditions not listed under the CDMP?

    MediSave can be used for various medical expenses, but its use under the CDMP is specific to the conditions listed. For conditions not covered by the CDMP, other MediSave guidelines apply.

    Are there plans to include more conditions under the CDMP in the future?

    The CDMP is continually reviewed to ensure it meets the healthcare needs of the population. As the healthcare landscape evolves, there might be considerations to include more conditions.