Policy tweaks for more affordable health care here

Policy tweaks for more affordable health care here

SINGAPORE - Come January, Singaporeans will be able to use their Medisave to pay for the outpatient treatment of five more chronic conditions, as well as two vaccinations. Medical subsidies will be raised in some cases as well.

These details were revealed by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday during a media conference at the College of Medicine Building.

The enhancements come after policy changes in the health-care financing framework were announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally.

Mr Gan said the significant changes to the financing system are a signal "that the Government will do more to give Singaporeans peace of mind and greater assurance that they will not have to face challenges on their own".

"But it is also important for us to continue to take personal responsibility for our own health," he stressed.

Also starting next year, the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) will no longer have the current qualifying age of 40, and will be extended to people whose per capita household income is $1,800 or less, up from $1,500 currently.

This will enable more Singaporeans from low- and middle-income households to access subsidised medical and dental care at more than 800 private clinics.

To make outpatient care more affordable for Chas cardholders, the Government will roll out subsidies for treatment of the five additional chronic conditions, up to $480 each year.

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