Subsidy scheme for haze-related ailments will continue despite better conditions: Amy Khor

The Government has no plans to roll back or stop its subsidy scheme for haze-related ailments, despite the improving haze situation.

Speaking to reporters on Monday after a visit to Northeast Medical Group's Simei clinic, which is one of the participating GP clinics under the scheme,

Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor said that the scheme will be in place "as long as it is needed", because the haze period is not yet over. "We will need to use this lull period to strengthen further our contingency plans and make sure that we are ready if the situation were to deteriorate," she said.

The scheme, which started on June 21, allows those aged 18 and younger, 65 and older, and the poor on public assistance to see a doctor for $10.