The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

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.