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'Many unaware' of their Budget benefits

Pioneers in particular in the dark, so direct communication may be necessary: Shanmugam

Published on Mar 9, 2014 8:00 AM
 
Many people are still unaware of the benefits they are getting from this year's Budget and there is a need to think seriously about communication efforts, Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on March 8, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Many people are still unaware of the benefits they are getting from this year's Budget and there is a need to think seriously about communication efforts, said Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday.

This is especially so for the $8billion Pioneer Generation Package, the centrepiece of the Budget.

Meant for first-generation Singaporeans, the health-care package includes Medisave top-ups and subsidies for outpatient treatment and will pay for part of their MediShield Life premiums.

Although some 450,000 people would benefit, said Mr Shanmugam, few know exactly how. He estimated that about 70 per cent of those who qualify do not know what the package is about.

 
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