30 Jan '11, 2pm

Medisave, MediShield coverage may be extended

Medisave, MediShield coverage may be extended

SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry will continue to explore ways to make sure healthcare remains affordable in Singapore. This may include extending the coverage of Medisave and MediShield schemes. The Ministry will also study how to make it easier for patients to undergo day rehabilitation programmes. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan raised these ideas at a dialogue session on the healthcare budget, at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. During the one-and-a-half-hour session -- attended by about 100 members of public -- questions concerning costs for the chronically ill were raised. One of them was if Medisave could be used for outpatient post-acute care. "We try not to prescribe what the money can be used of, so we just say (that for) every Medisave account, you can withdraw up to S$300 per year," Mr Khaw said. He added that some may say that S$300 is not enough because some types of...

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