1.Who can participate in ECHO?
ECHO is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 40 years and above, with no known chronic disease and residing in the eastern region of Singapore.
2. Can residents with existing medical conditions participate in ECHO?
Residents with existing chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol need not be screened again. They are advised to see their family doctor for follow-up and continuation of care.
3. How is ECHO different from Enhanced Screen for Life (SFL) by HPB?
The ECHO programme offers screening for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol in the community in partnership with grassroots organisations. In addition to health screening, ECHO also offers a series of healthy lifestyle activities conducted by Allied Health professionals to guide participants towards a healthier lifestyle.
The Enhanced SFL also offers screening for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol in CHAS GP clinics. In addition, Enhanced SFL also offers cervical and colorectal cancer screening. For more information, please visit Screen for Life
4. How will ECHO benefit participants?
After each screening, participants will receive a personalized health screening report that includes health advice(s).
For participants with normal results,
they will be encouraged to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and participate in healthy lifestyle activities.
Participants with abnormal screening results,
will be reminded to follow-up with their family doctors.
Participants will also receive regular health information and useful healthy tips through electronic direct mailers (EDMs) or newsletters. Participants who need further advice on how to interpret their health reports; how to live healthy lifestyle; and how to better manage their health can attend health coaching at Community Health Post if available, at Residents’ Committee, Community Club/Centre or other community venues.
5. What is the difference in screening fee between ECHO and Enhanced Screen for Life (SFL)?
Currently, the fee for ECHO screening is $0 for Pioneer Generation (PG) and $2 for others inclusive of prevailing GST. However, the local Grassroots Organisations may provide further subsidy to their residents. The screening fee for ECHO health screening at the various constituencies can be found at Health Screenings. For screening fees under the Enhanced SFL please visit Screen for Life
6. What type of conditions will be screened under ECHO vs Enhanced Screen for Life (SFL)?
ECHO Programme screens for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. For the screening under Enhanced SFL and the eligibility criteria, please visit Screen for Life
7. What happens after health screening?
There will be Results Collection day where participants can collect their personalised health reports, attend health talks by healthcare professionals, and have nurses to explain their health reports on one-to-one basis. Participants may also register for any available ECHO healthy lifestyle activities.
Participants who need further advice on how to interpret on their health reports, how to live healthy lifestyle and how to better manage their health, they can attend the health coaching sessions at Community Health Post, if available, at Residents’ Committee, Community Club/Centre or other community venues.
8. How often is the ECHO health screening being conducted in the community?
Generally, the ECHO health screening event is conducted annually in targeted constituencies.
9. If I have recently participated in ECHO health screening, am I still eligible for another screening under Enhanced SFL?
All eligible Singaporeans will receive a letter of invitation from HPB informing them of the scheme. HPB will start sending the letters progressively from 1st September 2017 onwards. To find out more on the eligibility criteria for Enhanced SFL, please visit Screen for Life
10. If I receive a GP Referral Letter from ECHO Programme, can I go to a GP clinic providing Enhanced SFL to get subsidised consultation?
The medical consultation or follow-up charges at the GP clinic providing Enhanced SFL or polyclinic is not covered by the ECHO Programme.