In March 2020, Ministry of Health (MOH) provided subvention to aged care services using VC in the community care sector for DORSCON Yellow and above statuses. These services have applications approved by the Telehealth Implementation Workgroup, chaired by MOH’s Director of Medical Services Associate Professor Kenneth Mak. Since then, the use of VC has increased and could potentially rise further, and drive the adoption of VC as an alternative mode of care delivery for the community care sector in this new normal. As of February 2021, MOH has approved 22 Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) service providers to run VC in eight services and 1592 unique clients have benefitted from VC.
As such, MOH has approved the extension of the VC subvention until end 2022. There is no change to the subvention quantum:
• Only aged care services that currently receive MOH subvention would be claimable
• VC subvention will follow the subvention quantum for their equivalent face-to-face services
• Providers should continue to charge VC services no more than their equivalent face-to-face services
For support in procurement of VC equipment, please refer to “Funding for VC Equipment” below for more information.