What Are Chronic Diseases?​ 

Chronic diseases are long-term medical conditions that are generally progressive. At present, these are the major causes of disability and death globally. Chronic diseases are also the major causes of premature adult deaths in many parts of the World. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost half of all chronic disease deaths occur in people under the age of 70.

In Singapore, chronic diseases are significant causes of illness and death. Common chronic diseases that affect Singaporeans are:

  • Asthma​
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)​​
  • Diabetes Mellitus​
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)​​​
  • Lipid disorders (e.g. high blood cholesterol)​
  • Stroke​

Statistics shows that Singapore's ageing population and adoption of unhealthy lifestyles has contributed to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. 1 in 4 Singaporeans aged 40 years and above has at least 1 chronic disease(s) (diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol & stroke).  The risk of getting one or more of these chronic diseases increases with age. The onset of health complications for such diseases and the high medical costs resulting from hospitalisation can be delayed or even prevented through early detection and appropriate management.

Manage Chronic Diseases - Reduce Economic Cost in the Workplace

Well controlled chronic conditions can reduce an employee's medical leave and hospitalisation rates. In the long run, this reduces health care costs to your organisation, while simultaneously improving productivity.

Under the SME Health+ Scheme, companies can organise regular health screening for employees at a co-funding amount of up to $40* per employee.

For more information on health screening packages, please contact WAF at 6725 9866 or email to to enquire.

* Terms and Conditions may apply.