More turning to S'pore private hospitals amid Covid-19, which could push up insurance premiums

This was caused by public hospitals pushing back non-urgent cases to free up beds for Covid-19 patients. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed more patients to seek treatment in the private sector, resulting in higher healthcare costs that could spill over into higher insurance premiums.

AIA and NTUC Income, the two largest providers of Integrated Shield Plans (IP) that cover non-subsidised hospitalisation and certain outpatient treatments, said this was caused by public hospitals pushing back non-urgent cases to free up beds for Covid-19 patients.

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