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Medishield Life review: Lower out of pocket payments for big bills

Published on Jun 6, 2014 9:50 AM
 
Cleaner Kamla Somu, 63, forked out about $2,000 from her Medisave account for four cycles of chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery. After MediShield Life kicks in, someone in her shoes would end up paying around $700 for the chemotherapy. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Out of pocket payments for major hospital bills could be cut by as much as half, following a review committee's recommendations for MediShield Life.

This includes treatment for common conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart attack, which often result in long stays and large bills.

At least nine out of 10 subsidised patients - those staying in B2- or C-class wards - will be fully insured, said MediShield Life review committee chairman Bobby Chin.

This means they will have to pay less than $3,000 in cash or money taken from their accounts in the national medical saving scheme Medisave, even though their bills may be substantially higher.

 
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