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MediShield Life panel gives first review update

MediShield Life panel gives first review update
Bobby Chin (left), presidential adviser and leader of a high-powered team tasked to design the new MediShield Life as part of the move to enlarge Singapore’s national medical insurance, during a media briefing at NTUC Centre.
Saturday, Feb 01, 2014
The Straits Times
By Salma Khalik

SINGAPORE - The MediShield Life Review Committee said it will call on the Government to help the elderly and low-wage earners pay the premiums for Singapore's next-generation national insurance scheme.

It also revealed that the next phase of its work will focus on three aspects of MediShield Life, including how to make sure the healthy are not unfairly taxed to cover those currently uninsured, either due to their old age or existing diseases.

MediShield Life, an upgrade on the current MediShield, will cover all Singaporeans, regardless of their age or health, when it is launched next year.

Since being set up almost three months ago, the committee tasked with shaping the new scheme has already been involved in 14 focus group discussions involving 500 people from all walks of life.

During the committee's first update of its work, chairman Bobby Chin revealed it heard a "very strong call" during the discussions for the Government to chip in with premiums for the elderly and lower-income group.

He said the committee will be raising this point with the Government, and will urge it to "support premiums for the elderly and lower-income group".

While MediShield Life premiums are expected to be higher than MediShield's, the increase will depend on how far benefits are expanded and the limits on how much can be claimed.

This task of ensuring that MediShield Life will take care of people's health needs and yet be affordable has been given to a sub-committee led by Dr Tan See Leng, group chief executive officer of Parkway Pantai.

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