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MediShield Life to be affordable

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SAMANTHA BOH on 05 Feb 2014

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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HEALTH Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday that Singaporeans should not have to fork out extra cash to pay for the premiums for MediShield Life, as they should be able to do so entirely through Medisave.


Speaking on the sidelines of a cancer awareness event, he acknowledged that there will be exceptional cases.


Even so, “we will look at them on a case-by-case basis to ensure help is available for them to remain covered”.


His remarks were made in response to recent recommendations made by a review committee appointed by the Government to look into MediShield Life, a universal health-care system that is due to be rolled out next year.


MediShield Life will involve extending the current MediShield programme to those who are uninsured, namely those aged above 90 or those who had certain pre-existing conditions at the time MediShield started in 1990.


Currently, 8 per cent of Singaporeans are not covered by MediShield.


Mr Gan said that the Government will give more help to three groups – the elderly, the vulnerable and the previously uninsured – so that they can afford the premiums.


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