12 May '11, 10am

From July 1, Singaporeans may use money from their Medisave accounts for colorectal and breast cancer screening

From July 1, Singaporeans may use money from their Medisave accounts for colorectal and breast cancer screening

The promise to allow Medisave use to screen for colorectal and breast cancers will become effective on July 1. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG THE promise to allow Medisave use to screen for colorectal and breast cancers will become effective on July 1. Women going for mammograms to check for breast cancer can tap on the $300 a year allowed for outpatient treatment of chronic ailments. The recommendation is for women aged 50 to 69 years to go for mammograms once every two years. Those going for colonoscopies may draw up to $950 for the procedure plus $300 a day for any additional hospital charges. It is recommended that people do a colonoscopy once every five to 10 years from the age of 50. They can also do an annual stool test, which is cheap but not so accurate. Last year, 52,219 people had colonoscopies. With the freeing up of Medisave, the number is likely to go up and publ...

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