15 Aug '11, 8am

MOH announces initiatives to make healthcare more affordable - Channel NewsAsia

MOH announces initiatives to make healthcare more affordable - Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry (MOH) said it will almost double the qualifying income criteria for the Primary Care Partnership Scheme to S$1,500. The scheme allows needy patients to receive subsidised treatment at General Practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics near their homes. At the same time, the age eligibility criteria will be lowered to 40 from 65, benefiting some 710,000 more Singaporeans. It is part of a series of initiatives to be rolled out in the first quarter of next year to make healthcare more affordable for Singaporeans. To help Singaporeans better manage chronic diseases, MOH will raise the Medisave withdrawal limit for outpatient treatments to S$400 (from S$300) per Medisave account per year. The scheme will be renamed Medisave400. The government will also further enhance Medifund to include non-residential intermediate long term care services such as day...

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