21 Aug '11, 11pm

Our reader says MediShield doesn't provide cover when one needs it the most.

LIKE Mr Leong Quee Hian ("MediShield burden"; last Wednesday), my dad had signed up for MediShield cover when it was launched years ago. The cover expired in April when my dad reached the age limit of 85. My dad was diagnosed with advance prostate cancer late last year and is currently receiving treatment. While his treatment is MediShield claimable, he is unable to claim due to his age. It is an anomaly that after paying the required premiums until 84, the insurance suddenly ceases coverage upon one reaching the age of 85, when one would need it most. We pay for MediShield to cover ourselves should we fall sick. The possibility of one falling ill after 85 is higher but ironically, the cover lapses. In 2008, Madam Halimah Yacob (then head of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health) mentioned that medical insurance needed to be extended to cover people beyond the ...

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