Medical subsidies for needy Singaporeans who fall ill from the haze: PM Lee

Medical subsidies for needy Singaporeans who fall ill from the haze: PM Lee

SINGAPORE - The Government will provide monetary assistance to Singaporeans who need help with their medical expenses should they fall ill from the haze, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Thursday.

PM Lee said his priority is to protect the health and safety of Singaporeans especially vulnerable groups, such as the young and elderly and those with heart or lung diseases.

In a Facebook post, he urged Singaporeans to see the doctor or general practitioner (GP) promptly if they fall ill.

Financial Help

PM said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will implement a special scheme for young Singaporeans, elderly Singaporeans, CHAS card holders, Public Assistance and MFEC card holders suffering from respiratory problems and conjunctivitis because of haze.

They can see their GPs for $10. MOH will settle the rest of the medical bill.

Starting later today, the Government will be holding daily press briefings to update Singaporeans of the haze situation and recommend protective measures for the day ahead, PM Lee said.

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