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MediShield Life cover for child gives parents relief for future medical bills

Published on Jun 10, 2014 9:09 AM
Relief is in sight for (from left) Mrs Lili Yew, Lydia, Yva and Mr Yew Poh Cheng. Yva's surgery bill set her parents back about $80,000 as the girl was excluded from MediShield coverage because of her medical condition. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

When Yva Yew was born in 2012, her parents, Mr Yew Poh Cheng and Mrs Lili Yew, felt a mix of joy and fear. Their second daughter had been born with two kidneys on her left side and had complications in her urethra, which led to urine blockages and infections.

Yva had surgery to correct the problem but bills at KK Women's and Children's Hospital - covering multiple scans, surgery and a two-week stay in an A-class ward - ran up to about $80,000.

The child did not have insurance, not even the basic MediShield, which would cover her up to a B2 ward. She was excluded from MediShield coverage because of her condition.

"I tried so hard to get insurance but nobody would take her on," said Mrs Yew, a 38-year-old human resource manager.

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