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MediShield Life important piece in social security net: Ng Eng Hen

MediShield Life is an important piece in Singapore's social security net, which is strengthened by schemes like the Workfare Income Supplement and CPF Life.

SINGAPORE: MediShield Life is an important piece in Singapore's social security net, which is strengthened by schemes like the Workfare Income Supplement and CPF Life.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said this on the sidelines of a community event on Sunday.

“We recognise that government has to do more,” Dr Ng said. “There will be more subsidies under the MediShield Life, and yet at the same time, of course all the individuals must play their part.

“So it's a very important model -- a Singapore model for our healthcare needs, and I believe this strikes a right balance between (the) government doing more, individuals doing their part and, of course, individuals themselves risk pooling some of their health risks and I believe it will make our healthcare system much stronger.”

Dr Ng was speaking at Toa Payoh Central, where he joined more than 300 residents for a 40-storey vertical race.

The event has raised $150,000 in the past two years, and the money will be used to provide enrichment classes for youths living in the neighbourhood. 

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