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