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Lee Li Lian hopes to champion the elderly's welfare too

Published on Jan 18, 2013 10:47 AM
 
Workers' Party candidate Lee Li Lian greeting residents and stallholders at the wet market at Rivervale Plaza during her morning walkabout at Punggol East SMC on Jan 17, 2012. Ms  Lee said on Friday morning that she intends to champion the healthcare needs of the elderly if she is elected as MP for Punggol East. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Workers' Party candidate Lee Li Lian said on Friday morning that she intends to champion the healthcare needs of the elderly if she is elected as MP for Punggol East.

In a post on her Facebook page, Ms Lee, 34, called for Medisave withdrawal limits to be lifted for patients above age 75 - a proposal which the WP had put forth in its 2011 general election manifesto. Currently, there are caps on the amount which can be withdrawn from each person's account, such as a maximum of $400 a year for outpatient treatment of chronic diseases.

Elderly patients should also not have to queue up at polyclinics just to get referrals for subsidised treatment at public hospitals, said Ms Lee.

"The senior citizens are the pioneers of Singapore who have contributed to nation building but have been forgotten in their twilight years," she said.

 
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