Extension of HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme

2020-01-16 • Comments

Extension of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell (HPC) Procurement Subsidy Scheme

From 1 January 2020, the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) is extending its Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells (HPC) Procurement Subsidy Scheme to foreign spouses of Singaporean or Permanent Resident seeking treatment in Singapore.

There are 3 tiers of subsidies available for patients:

Tier 1: HPC Procurement Subsidy – A lump sum will be provided to patients to offset the HPC product cost. This is applicable for patients seeking treatment in both private and public hospitals.

Tier 2: Additional HPC Procurement Subsidy – In addition to T1 subsidy, patients may be eligible to apply for T2 subsidy, which subsidises up to 65% of the total HPC product cost. T2 subsidy is provided according to Ward Classes, i.e. the same basis that governs patient subsidies in public hospitals in Singapore.

Tier 3: Supplementary HPC Procurement Subsidy – This option is for needy patients staying in subsidised wards (B2 and below) and can cover up to 100% of HPC product cost, subject to recommendation put forth by an accredited Medical Social Worker (MSW) and BMDP’s approval.

In the extension of HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme, foreign spouses of Singaporean or Permanent Resident will now be eligible to apply for Tier 2 Subsidy, subject to the patient’s eligibility and recommendation from the hospital’s MSW.

Overview of the updated HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme
Overview of BMDP's Updated HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme

With the HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme,

  • Singaporean / Permanent Resident patients can receive up to 100% subsidy for the procurement of the HPC product
  • Foreign Spouse to Singaporean / Permanent Resident can receive up to 60% subsidy for the procurement of the HPC product

Below are three examples to illustrate the computation of subsidies provided to patients:

Illustration_Updated HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme

 

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How to apply?

Please approach your medical team for assistance. Your medical team will send your application to BMDP on your behalf. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For further enquiries, please email to admin@bmdp.org.

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Related: New Patient Subsidy Fund

(Last Updated: 16 January 2020)

Patient Subsidy Fund

2020-01-16 • Comments

New Patient Subsidy Fund

The Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) introduces a new Patient Subsidy Fund to support costs associated with Matched Unrelated Donor (MUD) Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants as well as Post-Transplant expenses for patients. This funding will be made available with effect from 1 January 2020.

The Patient Subsidy Fund will be part of a range of subsidy schemes by the BMDP, aimed to alleviate patients’ treatment costs and support them through post-transplant expenditures. It will take the form of:

1. Transplant-Related Cost Subsidy

Patients who are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents, holding the CHAS card (Orange or Blue) or under a Medifund case, may be funded for their transplant-related cost (e.g. ward charges, transplant procedures, medications etc) at Public Hospitals. The subsidy will cover up to 50% of the total cost, subject to a cap of $50,000 per patient.

This subsidy is introduced in view of the cost of transplantation and its associated cost that make up a significant part of a patient’s bill, which can go in excess of $100,000 for patients with complications.

2. Post-Transplant Allowances

Patients who are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents, holding the CHAS card (Orange or Blue) or under a Medifund case, may be given $500 per month allowance for up to 12 months from the date of their transplant to support their post-transplant expenditures.

The provision of allowance is introduced in view of the patients’ long recovery process and medical follow-ups following their transplant. For the first few months, patients may be required to have up to three follow-up appointments per week for the medical team to ensure that the patient is healing properly. On average, the journey to recovery before a patient can integrate back into the workforce may take up to 12 months.

The allowance will cease when the patient commences employment or if the patient passes on.

Overview of the Patient Subsidy Fund

Overview_BMDP Patient Subsidy Fund

The eligibility criteria set out is as follows:

  1. Patient must be a Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident
  2. Patient must be a holder of the CHAS card (Orange or Blue) or a Medifund Case
  3. Recommendation for subsidy must be made by an accredited Medical Social Worker

Note: BMDP reserves the right to determine the eligibility and quantum of the funding and may at its sole discretion approve the full amount requested, grant partial subsidy or reject the application.

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How to apply?

Please approach your medical team for assistance. Your medical team will send your application to BMDP on your behalf. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For further enquiries, please email to admin@bmdp.org.

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Related: Extension of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell (HPC) Procurement Subsidy Scheme

 

(Last Updated: 16 January 2020)

BMDP Ambassadors Programme

2019-12-19 • Comments

Always have a penchant to help but not sure where to start? Join us as a BMDP Ambassador and recruit more people onto our database! The Ambassador Journey is one of the most meaningful volunteering experience the BMDP has to offer. Through this, you will become more knowledgeable about blood diseases, learn and hear from first-hand accounts of the actual bone marrow donation process. It is more than volunteering for us, it is about educating you as well.

BMDP Ambassadors Programme

Register your interest here or fill in the form below and we will be in touch! Pull your friends along too!

Match for Life 2019

2019-06-19 • Comments

Join us for a day of fun with a cause!

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HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme

2019-01-07 • Comments

(Note: With effect from 1st January 2020, the HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme will be extended to legally wedded spouse of Singaporean or Permanent Resident seeking treatment in Singapore. Find out more about the updated Subsidy Scheme here.)

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Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell (HPC) Procurement Subsidy Scheme

The Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) introduces a new subsidy scheme, HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme to provide sustainable financial support to patients. Patients (Singaporeans and Permanent Residents) seeking treatment in Singapore are eligible for this subsidy scheme with effect from 1st January 2019.

There are 3 tiers of subsidies available for patients:

Tier 1: HPC Procurement Subsidy – A lump sum will be provided to patients to set off against the HPC product cost. This is applicable for patients seeking treatment in both private and public hospitals.

Tier 2: Additional HPC Procurement Subsidy – In addition to Tier 1, patients are entitled to Tier 2 subsidy, which subsidises up to 65% of the HPC product cost. Tier 2 subsidy is provided according to Ward Classes, i.e. the same basis that governs patient subsidies in public hospitals in Singapore. This is only applicable for patients seeking treatment in public hospitals.

Tier 3: Supplementary HPC Procurement Subsidy – This subsidy is for needy patients staying in subsidised wards and can cover up to 100% of HPC product cost, subject to recommendation put forth by an accredited Medical Social Worker. This is only applicable for patients seeking treatment in public hospitals.

Currently, the BMDP subsidises each patient (Singaporean/Permanent Residents) for the first Verification Typing.  With effect from 1st January 2019, the BMDP will also introduce Verification Typing Subsidy to provide full funding of two additional Verification Typing to needy patients staying in Ward Class B2 and C.

The BMDP is committed to ensure that their patient funding continues to provide lifesaving financial support to patients in Singapore who need financial assistance with the costs associated with their bone marrow/stem cell transplants.

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With the HPC Procurement Subsidy Scheme, patients can receive up to 100% subsidy for the procurement of the HPC product. Below are two examples to illustrate the computation of the subsidies provided to patients:

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How to apply?

Please approach your medical team for assistance. Your medical team will send your application to BMDP on your behalf. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For further enquiries, please email to admin@bmdp.org.

ASK, CHECK BEFORE YOU GIVE WITH CONFIDENCE!

2018-10-06 • Comments

SAFER GIVING CAMPAIGN

To donate with confidence, always “ASK, CHECK, GIVE”!

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The Safer Giving Campaign was launched by the Commissioner of Charities in September 2018 to empower members of the public to ASK, CHECK before they GIVE to charities.  The commissioner, Dr Ang Hak Seng said, “As more people do their checks, its harder to abuse the system.  When donors have more trust (in fund-raising appeals), they will also give more.”

Charities welcomed this new campaign as it will boost donors’ confidence in giving if they did their checks. The public are encouraged to do the following before donating;

ASK – Some questions to ask before giving;

  • Who are the beneficiaries?
  • What will my donation be used for?
  • How can I receive my updates?

CHECK – How to check if the fund-raiser is legitimate

  • Go to the Commissioner of Charities website charities.gov.sg to find out if the group is registered as a charity.
  • Use your phone to scan the QR code on the fund-raising permit which the fund-raiser carries to find out if the charity has a valid permit to raise funds from the public.

GIVE – Donate with confidence

The public can now pledge their donation with confidence.  When in doubt, they should contact or find out more about the charity. They must never feel pressurised to give.

 

We Have Not Forgotten About You!

2018-08-13 • Comments

For those who have yet to hear from us for a long time, we would like to emphasise that we have not forgotten about you! People have been asking us if they are being gradually forgotten or that their bone marrow is not needed at all. This is not true and the only reason why the call for action (to donate bone marrow) has not happened yet is because a match has yet to be found!

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Our organisation is a unique one as the registered volunteer donors are not called upon to donate until they are found as a match for a patient in need of a transplant. The odds of finding a match is 1 in 20,000. Thus, while some are lucky enough to get the call to be a life-saving donor within a short period of time, many are still waiting and on standby even after 10 or 20 years.

Some might ask why it is so hard to be found as a match. In our world, we use Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing to match patients with potential donors. HLA is like a barcode for our immune system to recognise what is the body’s cells or foreign cells that might be harmful to the body.

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What if there is a mismatch? The donor’s cells that are engrafted onto the patient might start to identify the patient’s cells as foreign and the newly formed immune system will start attacking the patient’s body. Thus, it is essential to have 100%, or if not as close to 100%, match as much as possible!

We are constantly trying to find new ways to engage our existing pool of registered donor and sending out newsletters featuring our various blog posts is one such engagement efforts. But we understand that the email may end up in the junk folder, or some may have unsubscribed to our bi-monthly newsletter.

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If you do not hear from us, it does not mean that you are forgotten, please do not give up on us and let go of the chance to save a life!

An Incandescent Love for Life

2018-06-13 • Comments

It was indeed a night of song, dance, passion, joy and laughter as we are dazzled by 83 students from 9 schools under the leadership of Hwa Chong Institution’s Project Edelstein team, with more than 500 in the audience and raising close to $4,000.00 for our life-saving cause.

This is indeed a big win for the BMDP education team who have established partnerships with more than 23 schools and junior colleges, including Anglo-Chinese School, Raffles Institution, Singapore Polytechnic, National Junior College, LASALLE College of the Arts and School of the Arts Singapore.

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The awesome Project Edelstein team has been sweeping the Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC) awards year after year for the past 2 years, in support of the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP). While engaging with the backstage crew and student performers, a sense of pride and accomplishment permeates the air as they are all felt great for being part of the purposeful and meaningful evening.

Speaking about the project, student team leader, Bryan said, “On top of academic, the Matchstick Concert gave me an exciting project to share that combined leadership, project management and a life-saving cause such as recruiting bone marrow donors”.

We look forward to more exciting things to come from the student team as Bryan, the project team and all the amazing performers move on to the next stage of their academic journey!

Serving the Community, Rekindling the Kampong Spirit!

2018-03-05 • Comments

Many around me till today are puzzled by the fact that I chose to leave the comfort and stability of civil service after seven years to pursue a different career path. Though work settings may have changed, my original intent to serve the public and community stays the same. Knowingly a cliché, there’s always a part of me that desires to give back and serve the society that nurtured me as the person I am today. When a friend was struck with leukaemia in early 2017, joining the Bone Marrow Donor Programme was the logical choice.

Being part of the donor recruitment team and able to observe how the community kampong spirit being slowly rekindled, as we reach out to the different communities, has since been a wonderful experience. Understanding that my work can potentially help save many lives in the future gave me a great sense of achievement.

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But my journey in the BMDP was not a smooth sailing one as unfavourable news about the organisation began to surface on local newspapers at the same time as I joined. Knocking on doors and seeking community partnerships became an uphill climb and subsequent spotlight shone on the BMDP made my journey here an arduous one. But the team and I knew all too well the price our beneficiaries – patients needing a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, has to pay if we were to give in to the situation.

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On top of that, a BMDP research later found out that our Indian brothers and sisters, among the different racial groups in Singapore, have the least chance to find a matching donor from the BMDP register if they fall sick and need a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Thus, reaching out to the various Indian communities to help alleviate the plight of the Indian patients in Singapore became my utmost priority.

Though faced with many rejections and closed doors initially, things took a turn for the better earlier this year as numerous individuals and enthusiastic groups offered opportunities to partner and support the BMDP in recruiting more volunteer bone marrow donors at various community events as well as activities.

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Momentum began to pick up but the battle against blood diseases is far from over and as long as there’s demand for bone marrow donors to save the lives of patients stuck with blood diseases, we will always be gearing ourselves up to fulfil our promise – a donor for every patient.

Different people have different ways of deriving job satisfaction and for myself, seeing people come forward to join BMDP as volunteer donors and committing themselves to a lifesaving cause, because of my efforts, will be what I consider as my greatest fulfilment!

~Cedric Sia~

The Ray of Sunshine

2018-02-26 • Comments

After my dad fell ill to a rare chronic disease that only hits 1-in-10,000 people, I saw his condition deteriorate over the years. From the early days and being able to looking after him at home, eventually, he had to attend day care so that he could get the support he needs. I saw how helpless he was and realised that all I could ever do from now on is make sure that every day can be a better and happier one.

Being a registered bone marrow donor for more than 10 years, I know how rare it is to be found as a match and being a family member of a patient with a chronic condition and needing round-the-clock care, I can relate to how thankful I would be if there were someone who could help my dad at this time.

Having previously worked for an animal welfare charity whose main focus is public education, I appreciate that awareness advocacy is very important as it allows the public to make an informed choice. Bone marrow donation is such a simple act yet constantly misunderstood and battling misconceptions, this was the cause I decided to take on next.

My journey with the BMDP over the past two years has been tough but at the same time, fulfilling and enriching experience. Mentoring the numerous student teams and seeing how most of them came to our doorstep not knowing fully of the cause that they chose to fight for; to being full fledged and articulate advocates who can handle the public’s questions and also inculcate their enthusiasm and commitment to the cause.

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Having to mentor students to ensure that they dream big and yet stay practical in their planning for the campaigns to be aligned with the BMDP’s goals and mission. Never have I felt more proud than when the students from Hwa Chong Institution stood on the stage to receive their awards at the Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes for the 2nd year running. The team put together a youth concert for the BMDP to advocate the cause while fundraising for the organisation. Managing more than 800 volunteers for the street sales was a huge task requiring a lot of preparation being put into the logistics and just the allocation of manpower to achieve that success.

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Being in the Donor Recruitment team, we are the front-line of the BMDP and get to meet the public first and represent our amazing life-saving mission. To better equip us with the knowledge, some of us attended the World Marrow Donor Association’s conference to learn from the experience of registers worldwide. I was lucky enough to attend last year and it was one of the most humbling and remarkable experience ever. Throughout the 4 days of conference and workshops, I spoke to numerous people from different registries and learnt a great deal. From the mobile application for better youth engagement to the discussion on ethnic diversity. There seems to be never ending learning opportunities and to be honest, I was sad when the conference came to an end. On the other hand, I brought all this experience and ideas home and now’s the time to put the learning into action! I am ready to start charging forth to meet our 2018 targets.

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There were more than 30 bone marrow registries who came together from all corners of the world to attend the conference. Small as we are, Singapore has 85,000 bone marrow donors all fully tissue typed and on board. I took it for granted somewhat and even considered we still had such long way to grow, and yet I now know our size and the work we do is considered market-leading and quite amazing to the others, at the conference. Small as we are, great is our work. That being said, 85,000 bone marrow is still insufficient to support our growing population and also the diversity in our ethnic “rojak” mix here at the heart of ASEAN.

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Throughout the 4 days conference, there were a lot of discussion about patient care, donor wellness and outreach directions. These was an eye opener and allows me to have a global vision of the work that every registry is doing. All with one mission – which we all shout out loud every day – “A donor for EVERY patient”. At the same time, on the personal level, I cannot help but wish for a cure for patients with other illnesses so that a beloved parent can get to come home.

~Judie Chang~