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Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament that more details on the MediShield Life proposals will be shared during the public consultation exercise.
SINGAPORE: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament on Monday that more details on the MediShield Life proposals will be shared during the public consultation exercise.
These details include the likely impact on payouts from MediShield Life if all pre-existing conditions and all residents are covered for life.
The Health Ministry (MOH) will have a public consultation exercise later this year to seek Singaporeans' views on the proposals to provide increased lifelong assurance for healthcare costs.
Mr Gan said: "There are several aspects to be dealt with in the public consultation. We will produce a consultation paper shortly before the consultation exercise starts to outline what are the key things we are consulting the public about."
He said the scheme is expected to be rolled out in 2015.
Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam asked in Parliament if the government is planning to subsidise MediShield Life premiums as part of its overall plan to increase the healthcare budget.
He raised concerns that the higher premiums will be a financial burden on the elderly and low-income groups.
Mr Gan replied: "We have already made a commitment that we will make sure that the lower income as well as the older Singaporeans who may not have sufficient savings will be looked after. We make sure the premiums with government subsidies will be affordable for them."
Medishield Life was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally as part of the overall healthcare financing review to ensure that healthcare remains affordable for all Singaporeans.
MOH is studying the introduction of better coverage for large bills and moving to life-long and universal MediShield coverage for all Singaporeans.