Free student health scheme
A FREE student health scheme has been introduced to provide more comprehensive services for primary and secondary students.
Enrolment for the $50 million scheme will be carried out at the beginning of each academic year. The first phase of the service, beginning this year, will be for primary students. The second phase, beginning in the 1996-97 school year, will be extended to all secondary students. The 31-year-old School Medical Service will be abolished next month. The old service charged a $20 enrolment fee, and additional fees of $20 for each visit to a doctor. Only a quarter of students took part.
The new service will focus more on health education and the prevention of ill health. Students will be referred to clinics close to their schools. Each enrolled student will be given an annual appointment to attend a Student Health Service Centre for programmes that include physical examination, health screening, individual counselling and education.