Poor will get help despite higher MediShield premiums: Gan

Lower-income households will receive help so that they can cope with raised premiums in the MediShield scheme, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on July 22.

He also urged Singaporeans to stay on the national insurance scheme.

Last week, the Ministry of Health had announced that MediShield premiums would be raised, along with deductibles and claimable payouts.

Singaporeans and permanent residents, who are currently excluded, will also be covered under the revamped scheme.

While the majority of policyholders aged below 65 will have to pay an estimated amount of $10 more each month, the Medifund will continue to help needy Singaporeans with their medical expenses, he said.

Speaking to the media after a ministerial visit to Bukit Timah, Mr Gan also addressed the confusion caused by letters on the GST Vouchers sent out recently.

Many who received the letters were confused about the number of U-save rebate vouchers they could use per household as the letters were sent out individually.

He said that the government is continuing to learn from experience and will work to improve their communication channels, The Straits Times reported.

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