MediShield enhancements to take effect from March next year
THE Government is enhancing MediShield coverage from March next year, after receiving largely positive feedback from a public consultation held in July and August.
With the changes, the elderly will benefit from extended MediShield coverage up to the age of 90 years old. Class B2 and C ward deductibles will also go up moderately by $500 for those aged 80 and below.
Coverage will be extended to those receiving inpatient psychiatric treatment. They will be able to use up to $100 per day, up to 35 days in a year. Patients will also be able to use MediShield to cover short-stay wards in the emergency departments.
The policy year and lifetime limits will also be increased, from $50,000 to $70,000, and from $200,000 to $300,000, respectively, said a statement from the Ministry of Health on Friday.