$180m in Medisave top-ups for pioneers this year


About 400,000 senior citizens on the Pioneer Generation Package will receive top-ups ranging from $200 to $800.
About 400,000 senior citizens on the Pioneer Generation Package will receive top-ups ranging from $200 to $800. ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

Senior Singaporeans on the Pioneer Generation Package will receive this year's Medisave top-ups next month.

The amount of top-up for each pioneer ranges from $200 to $800 annually for life, and is part of the Pioneer Generation Package, which thanks pioneers for their contributions to the country.

This year, pioneers born between 1945 and 1949 will receive $200, while those born between 1940 and 1944 will receive $400. Pioneers born between 1935 and 1939 will get $600, and those born in 1934 or earlier will get $800.

A total of $180 million will be disbursed under the scheme for the year, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday. The amount this year is the same as that for last year.

The Pioneer Generation Medisave top-ups are in addition to the Medisave top-ups for Singaporeans aged 65 and above this year, which come under the GST Voucher Scheme. For example, an older pioneer who is 85 this year, lives in a Housing Board flat and does not own a second property will receive a total of $1,250 in Medisave top-ups this year. This comprises the $800 Pioneer Generation Medisave top-up and a $450 GST Voucher - Medisave top-up.

Pioneers may use these Medisave top-ups to pay for their MediShield Life premiums and other Medisave-approved insurance plans, hospitalisation, day surgery and certain approved outpatient treatments, including renal dialysis and chemotherapy.

This is the fifth year that pioneers are receiving their Medisave top-ups since the scheme started in 2014.

There were about 400,000 senior citizens on the Pioneer Generation Package as of last month, down from 420,000 last May. These include 1,846 seniors who successfully appealed for and were granted the Pioneer Generation Package.

These appeals were mostly based on citizenship grants, as the appeal panel looked into whether these seniors became Singapore citizens shortly after 1986.

Pioneer Generation Package members will receive letters on their latest Medisave top-ups soon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline '$180m in Medisave top-ups for pioneers this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe