About Campaignends 31 Dec 2021, 11:59 PM
Chronic diseases, which include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, eczema and gastritis, are not usually covered by their insurance. Workers often need to fork out treatment fees from their own pockets.
At HealthServe, we strive to provide affordable and holistic healthcare for every member of this disadvantaged group. In 2020, we saw close to 6,000 medical consultations. These include chronic disease management, dental care, in-house specialist consultations and rehabilitation sessions in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and TCM.
Migrant workers are charged subsidised fees of $8 for acute conditions, $15 for chronic diseases, and $15 for dental (all including medication!), which are significantly lower than regular GPs and dental clinics. With growing demand for dental services, we have also recently added a second dental chair to reduce the waitlist which can go as long as five months.
HealthServe has been awarded the Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme Grant for our Medical Services from Tote Board. All funds raised through this campaign will be matched dollar-by-dollar, up to S$250,000. Your generous donation will go twice as far.
This campaign is supported by the following students from Republic Polytechnic: Aisha Hassan Malik, Cayabyab John Kenneth Vasquez, Felicity Oh
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About the Charity
Founded in 2006, HealthServe, is an IPC registered charity that seeks to bring healing and hope to vulnerable low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore. Access to affordable healthcare can be a problem for low wage migrant workers as foreigners in Singapore do not receive subsidies for healthcare at public institutions. By law, workers are supposed to be covered for both inpatient and outpatient treatment by their employers but not all do. In addition, fear of repatriation and cultural and language barriers also contribute to migrant workers not receiving proper treatment.
The more unfortunate amongst these workers get injured at work and may end up losing their jobs and suffering loss of pay for a protracted period. The wait for their work injury compensation application to be processed and resolved can take months or years.
From a single clinic providing GP services in Geylang to meet the needs of the workers, HealthServe has expanded our range of services to the provision of GP and specialist medical services, rehabilitation and dental services, injury and salary-related casework support, social assistance, counselling and mental health programmes.
We are very much a volunteer-run organisation. Our operations are run by a small staff team and hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers and interns.