Premiums for MediShield Life to be kept affordable
Govt will help less well-off to cope; public to be consulted on details
The impact of higher MediShield premiums will be studied carefully to ensure that every Singaporean can afford them, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday.
He offered assurances that the Government will help those such as the elderly who have little in savings cope with the scheme, which will be expanded to cover the entire lifespan of each citizen.
But one thing will not change - Singaporeans will continue paying part of the bill to maintain "discipline", he said, even as he seeks the public's views on this "very significant shift" in the national health insurance system.
In his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that MediShield, which people can currently opt out of, will be made compulsory for all.