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Medifund to be strengthened

Published on Feb 23, 2013 12:04 PM
 
Patients in Class C ward at Changi General Hospital, which has six beds in a room. Medifund supported more than half a million needy patients who needed financial aid to pay for their medical bills last year - an 8 per cent increase over the previous year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Medifund supported more than half a million applications from patients who needed financial aid to pay for their medical bills last year - an 8 per cent increase over the previous year.

A total of $84.4 million was given out between April 2011 and end March 2012 (FY2011), almost 5 per cent more than in FY2010.

The elderly,who qualified for Medifund Silver, set up in 2007 just for them, received the biggest boost, with a 20 per cent increase in financial help compared to the previous year.

More than 93 per cent of applicants received the full amount of financial help asked for - which paid their entire subsidised bill.

 
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