Not meaningful to focus on average healthcare expenses as needs differ: MOH

MOH said factors that may affect healthcare costs include one's lifespan, the type of treatment sought and whether one has chronic illness or severe disability.
MOH said factors that may affect healthcare costs include one's lifespan, the type of treatment sought and whether one has chronic illness or severe disability.PHOTO: ST FILE

As healthcare needs, and consequently healthcare costs, differ greatly from one individual to another, it is "not meaningful" to focus on average expenses that an individual requires, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He was responding to queries from The Straits Times on the average amount that an individual should set aside at the age of 65 for healthcare needs, if one does not factor in means-tested assistance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2019, with the headline 'Not meaningful to focus on average healthcare expenses as needs differ: MOH'. Print Edition | Subscribe