1.Who can participate in ECHO?
ECHO is open to Singaporeans aged 40 years and above, residing in the eastern region of Singapore, with no known chronic disease and have not been screened for the last three years.
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. I am already an ECHO participant, but why I did not receive my Invitation Letter for health screening this year?
ECHO is doing its part in protecting the environment by cutting down on paper use. Hence, from 2018, ECHO will not be sending invitation letter for health screening to participants.
4. Where can I check for the information on ECHO health screening dates/ locations?
You may wish to check the health screening dates/ locations by logging on to our ECHO website: www.echohealth.com.sg or visit your nearest community clubs/ centres for more information.
5. What happens after ECHO 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, can attend the health coaching sessions at Community Health Post, if available, at community venues such as Residents' Committee facility, Community Club/ Centre.
6. What happens if my ECHO health screening shows that I have abnormal results?
You will be strongly encouraged to see your family doctor/ polyclinic for follow-up and continuation of care. You may also attend the Community Health Post, if available for further advice and tips on how to lead healthier lifestyle and monitor your health e.g. Blood Pressure, BMI monitoring.
7. What is Community Health Post?
Community Health Post (CHP) is a facility that provides health coaching and education to help residents to lead healthier lifestyle. The health coaching is conducted by trained nurses and the areas covered include monitoring of BMI and Blood Pressure, advice and tips on healthy eating and exercise, fall prevention etc. Participants who have had health screening are advised to bring along their health screening reports for the health coaching sessions.
8. Where can I sign-up for Community Health Post?
Community Health Post (CHP) is only available at designated constituencies. You may sign-up for CHP during the health screening and results collection day. For more information regarding CHP, please contact us at 6788 8833.
9. 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 the health screening, ECHO also offers 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 on Enhanced SFL, please visit Screen for Life.
10. How will ECHO benefit participants?
After each screening, participants will receive a personalised health screening report that includes health advice(s).
For participants with normal health results, they will be encouraged to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and participate in healthy lifestyle activities.
Participants with abnormal 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 community venues such as Residents' Committee facility, Community Club/ Centre.
11. 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 here.
For screening fees under the Enhanced SFL please visit Screen for Life.
12. 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 screening under Enhanced SFL and the eligibility criteria, please visit Screen for Life.
13. How often is the ECHO health screening being conducted in the community?
Generally, the ECHO health screening event is conducted annually in targeted constituencies.
14. If I have recently participated in ECHO health screening, am I still eligible for another screening under Enhanced SFL?
All Singaporeans eligible for Enhanced SFL will receive a letter of invitation from HPB informing them of the scheme. To find out more on the eligibility criteria for Enhanced SFL, please visit Screen for Life.
15. 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 or polyclinic is not covered by the ECHO Programme.