Singapore Red Cross’ TransportAid service helps the elderly and disabled from low-income homes get to and from their healthcare service facilities, such as medical treatments, rehabilitation and day activity centres. For many wheelchair-bound patients, getting to and from their medical appointments can be challenging, because of their limited mobility. For those struggling financially, the problem is exacerbated as commercially available private transport services are not economically feasible for the long term. With the TransportAid service, those in need will be able to access their life-sustaining care and treatment, which they may otherwise be unable to get to. With your help, we can do much more!
Most beneficiaries are referred to us by Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) under the Medical Escort and Transportation (MET) Service. They are wheelchair-bound and have chronic diseases or other medical conditions for which they are required to go for regular treatments, therapy or check-ups. Currently, more than 90% of our beneficiaries leverage TransportAid’s service regularly for their medical appointments and treatments, and the rest for ad-hoc check-ups and follow-ups.
HOW WE HELP
Within the next ten years, one in five Singapore residents will be aged 65 and above. Another 200,000 residents, or 3 percent of our population, live with some form of disability. While healthcare may be covered by insurance or government subsidies, the high cost of transportation for the disabled makes it untenable for many to receive sustained care.
TransportAid is offered at subsidised rates in partnership with the Agency of Integrated Care(AIC), based on means testing results that are assessed by social workers.
For further enquiries or application, you may reach out to AIC directly or through your social worker for the MET service. For advice on the referral process to the MET service: