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Over 92% S'poreans covered under MediShield

As of last year, more than 92 per cent of Singaporeans were covered under MediShield, said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong.

Over 92% S'poreans covered under MediShield

File photo of patients at a polyclinic in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: As of last year, more than 92 per cent of Singaporeans were covered under MediShield, said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong.

Mr Gan said the coverage for those aged between 21 and 65 years old is the highest.

More than 95 per cent are insured under the scheme.

Coverage for those below 21 years old stands at 94 per cent, up from the 55 per cent in 2007.

Mr Gan said this was due to the introduction of a new auto cover point for newborns in 2007 and a one-time auto cover exercise for all those below 21 years of age.

Coverage of the elderly aged between 76 and 85 years old is about 65 per cent of the population.

Mr Gan gave the update in a written reply to Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Gerald Giam.

Source: CNA/wk

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