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MediShield Life to benefit community hospital patients, say doctors

Doctors said those who need to stay for a longer period of time in community hospitals can benefit from MediShield Life.

SINGAPORE: Doctors said those who need to stay for a longer period of time in community hospitals can benefit from MediShield Life.

One of the suggestions proposed by the MediShield Life Review Committee is to increase daily claim limits for community hospitals by 40 per cent -- from S$250 to S$350.

Doctors said this will benefit patients who incur higher expenditure per day as well as those, for example, on dialysis. They also added that dialysis patients at community hospitals can expect a reduced bill size with MediShield Life.

Dr Kelvin Phua, a medical director with Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, said: "Usually, patients spend about S$150 to S$200 per session of dialysis. The bill size per day will likely be more than S$250. (MediShield Life) will help them pay off this particular part of the bill better.

"Because our patients are generally in the elderly age group, so they have more complicated illnesses and they may stay beyond 30 days. If they stay beyond 30 days, their bill size may be quite large. MediShield Life will also help them pay off part of that bill." 

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