The Big Story: High medical costs for Covid-19 ICU patients in S'pore who chose to be unvaccinated

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Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice and end up in the intensive care unit could be looking at a bill of around $25,000 before subsidies.

With subsidies and insurance, the amount payable is significantly lower, the Ministry of Health told The Straits Times.

Meanwhile, the validity period during which Singapore residents will be considered "fully vaccinated" after their last Covid-19 jab will be reviewed as more data becomes available, the Government has said.

Under the current regulations, a person's vaccination status expires one year and 14 days after their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Separately, people should take their flu jabs to protect against concurrent infection of both Covid-19 and the flu, which can lead to severe disease, doctors have advised.

This is especially important as Singapore continues to ease its travel restrictions and open up its borders, they said, adding that influenza cases can be expected to rise.

Dr Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious diseases physician from the Rophi Clinic, weighs in.

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