An ageing population also means more retirees and a smaller workforce to support the population.

There are serious concerns that the economy will be adversely affected when the population goes into the super-ageing phase. Clearly, the current healthcare model of relying on hospitals for most healthcare needs is unsustainable.

How, then, can a more cost-effective model of care be developed to keep the population healthy and active?

First, there is a need for a radical change of mindset by patients and doctors alike to embrace community healthcare.

Published in TODAY on 12 June 2015
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