Forum: Healthcare cost: Help those who have lost co-pay option

An elderly couple walks under a sheltered walkway near Upper Bukit Timah Road, on Nov 7, 2019. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

One of the benefits of the Merdeka Generation package is the subsidy for outpatient healthcare. I was disappointed to learn that patients do not enjoy this subsidy if referred by a private general practitioner to a specialist in a government restructured hospital. I understand that only patients referred by polyclinics can enjoy this subsidy.

Most people who are employed can visit their company's panel of GPs, with the employer co-paying for each visit. However, they still need to follow up with the same specialists even after retirement, and without co-payment.

I understand the Pioneer Generation also suffers the same plight. Could this subsidy be extended to these generations to make healthcare more affordable?

Tan Keong Boon

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2019, with the headline Forum: Healthcare cost: Help those who have lost co-pay option. Subscribe