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Tripartite working group formed to look into portable benefits built on MediShield Life

Published on Jul 8, 2014 4:27 PM
 
Singapore's Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong. A tripartite working group has been formed by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Government to look into encouraging employers and employees to shift to portable medical benefits built on MediShield Life, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A tripartite working group has been formed by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Government to look into encouraging employers and employees to shift to portable medical benefits built on MediShield Life, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday.

The Government will also consider strengthening incentives to companies who are willing to provide such portable benefits linked to MediShield Life to their workers, he said.

Mr Gan made these announcements as he opened the parliamentary debate on the report by the MediShield Life review committee. In the report, the committee had called for employers and unions to work together to reduce the duplication of coverage between employer medical benefits and MediShield Life.

The minister noted these concerns as well as the worry that employees who rely on employers' benefits would lose such coverage when they leave employment or retire.

 
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