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In brief

Phase 2 of the Healthcare Services Act 2020 (HCSA) has been implemented with effect from 26 June 2023.

Under Phase 2, medical or dental healthcare providers who deliver services outside the premises of clinics and via teleconsultation will be required to hold a HCSA licence, along with service providers offering outpatient medical and dental services, nuclear medicine, and outpatient renal dialysis, among others.


In more detail

The HCSA replaces the premises-based Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA). It shifts Singapore’s healthcare system from a premises-based framework to a services-based framework.

Phase 1 of the HCSA was implemented on 3 January 2023, bringing PHMCA laboratory licensees under the HCSA’s new regulatory regime. 

Phase 2 was implemented on 26 June 2023 and will affect the majority of services currently regulated under the PHMCA. These include the following:

  1. Home medical/dental and home palliative care service providers
  2. Medical or specialist clinics that engage or employ doctors to offer teleconsultation services
  3. Telemedicine platform companies that engage or employ doctors to provide teleconsultation services
  4. Individual doctors who offer teleconsultation services in their own professional capacity
  5. Doctors or dentists who offer home medical/dental care in their own professional capacity 
  6. Medical or dental practitioners who provide services outside of permanent clinic settings

Phase 3 is expected to be implemented in late 2023 and will encompass long-term care services, including nursing home services and preventive health services such as vaccinations.

Our previous newsletter covering the Phase 1 implementation can be found here.

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Ren Jun Lim is a principal with Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. He represents local and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. He also advises on a full range of healthcare, as well as consumer goods-related legal and regulatory issues. Ren Jun co-leads Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's Healthcare as well as Consumer Goods & Retail industry groups. He sits on the Law Society of Singapore IP Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Information Security Professionals. He is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group, Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries, a member of the International Trademark Association, as well as a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Association. Ren Jun is ranked in the Silver tier for Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation and Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy, and a recommended lawyer for Individuals: Transactions by WTR 1000, 2020. He is also listed in Asia IP's Best 50 IP Expert, 2020, recognised as a Rising Star by Managing IP: IP Stars, 2019 and one of Singapore's 70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under by Singapore Business Review, 2016. Ren Jun was acknowledged by WTR 1000 as a "trademark connoisseur who boasts supplementary knowledge of regulatory issues in the consumer products industry." He was also commended by clients for being "very responsive to enquiries and with a keen eye for detail, he is extremely hands-on. His meticulous and in-depth approach to strategising is key to the excellent outcomes we enjoy."

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