ACCESS Health Sweden teamed with ACCESS Health Singapore to create the Pioneering Elder Care project. The project was a study of how payment systems might be used to improve care of the elderly. It was created in response to a request from the Swedish government to propose a new provider payment system that would create incentives to improve coordination among care services. The Swedish government contracted Leading Health Care to conduct the study. Leading Health Care, in turn, asked ACCESS Health to assist with this project. The final study compared provider payment systems in Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands. The study was published in September 2012.
The Pioneering Elder Care Project is part of a significant Swedish government investment to improve care for the most frail of the elderly. The initiative aims to encourage cooperation between municipalities and county councils to streamline their activities and improve health outcomes.
As part of the study, ACCESS Health Sweden and Singapore compiled data regarding the Singapore elder care system. We also conducted interviews with key Singapore leaders, including Dr. Lee Chien Earn, former head of the Department of Public Health and deputy chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health, and Dr. Lim Eng Kok, the deputy director for service management at the Ministry of Health.
Pioneering Elder Care was funded by Leading Health Care.