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NTUC wants more coverage from MediShield Life, subsidies for more drugs

Published on Apr 14, 2014 1:21 PM

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has come up with a slew of changes it would like to see in the new MediShield Life insurance scheme so that healthcare "is affordable and accessible to all".

These include removing the higher deductibles that people over the age of 80 now have to pay, so they will be on par with everyone else.

NTUC assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong said on Monday that older people now feel that they are being discriminated against when they are already paying the highest amount in premiums. For instance, an 81-year-old patient going for day surgery today has to pay the first $3,000 of the bill before insurance kicks in. Younger patients only pay the first $1,500.

Other issues raised during eight focus group discussions involving more than 300 unionists, include having subsidies that cover more drugs and for patients to pay an even smaller share of big bills.

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