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MediShield Life premiums: Govt to help those with no income or savings

The labour movement has said the government will take care of those with no income or savings, such as housewives, to make sure they can afford MediShield Life premiums.

SINGAPORE: The labour movement has said the government will take care of those with no income or savings, such as housewives, to make sure they can afford MediShield Life premiums.

Assistant secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Mr Zainal Sapari, said help will come in various forms such as subsidies and aid from other organisations.

Mr Zainal also said some union members are confused by how MediShield Life would affect their current insurance policies.

"The advice we would give to them is to hold on to whatever insurance plans you have and wait, perhaps, until details are all out and respective insurance companies have actually studied the possible impact before making any decision," said Mr Zainal.

He was speaking at a community event at Downtown East on Sunday.

The labour movement launched a $1.5 million initiative on Sunday to give 60,000 low-income union members and their families free entry to facilities in Downtown East, for a day.

The Family Recreation and Fun Carnival is into its seventh year.

Some 3,000 low-income families turned up at Sunday's carnival.

There will be five more such carnival in June, September, November and December. 

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