On 6 January 2020, the Singapore Parliament passed the Healthcare Services Bill (the "Bill"), which replaces the currently enacted Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act ("PHMCA"). The Bill introduces a services-based licensing regime where healthcare service providers would need to obtain a licence based on the type of service they provide. This is a marked change from the premises-based licensing regime traditionally utilised by the PHMCA, where licences were obtained based on the brick-and-mortar premises of healthcare providers.

Currently, only healthcare services, such as those previously regulated by the PHMCA and non-premise based services such as telemedicine, will come under the new licensing scheme. Other services covered under the Bill, such as allied health services and traditional medicine, could potentially be licensed in the near future, pending further assessment by the Ministry of Health.

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