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Budget 2014: A quarter of pioneers not on MediShield

Some never worked, others opted out of health insurance scheme, says MOH

Published on Feb 23, 2014 10:13 AM
 
About one in four among the pioneer generation is not covered under MediShield, and the proportion is higher among the older pioneers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR

About one in four among the pioneer generation is not covered under MediShield, and the proportion is higher among the older pioneers.

Among those not insured by the national health insurance scheme, some were not covered as they had never worked before. Others may have opted out, the Health Ministry (MOH) said in reply to queries from The Sunday Times yesterday.

This group of seniors is likely to be at risk of having to pay for larger hospital bills, and many were unable to sign on or get back on Medi- Shield because they could not afford the premiums or had pre-existing conditions.

This will soon change after the benefits of the Pioneer Generation Package kick in.

 
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