SINGAPORE - The MediShield Life Review Committee will be canvassing views before delivering its recommendations to the Government by May next year.
This was revealed by its chairman, retired accountant Bobby Chin, after the 11-member committee appointed by the Health Ministry, met for the first time on Friday to map out the key objectives of the scheme.
These include ensuring better benefits while keeping premiums affordable.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Chin said: "This is a major policy shift... With more benefits, premiums will increase.
"My committee's job is to moderate the level of premiums and see how we can help the lower-income and the elderly."
The committee comprises professionals including two doctors, who head their respective hospitals, two grassroots leaders and the head of the trade union.
It will be canvassing views from independent experts, the public and stakeholders through consultations, focus groups, and online feedback before making its recommendations.
The first of about six scheduled public consultations will be held on Nov 27.
"We will also be engaging younger Singaporeans through social media," said Mr Chin.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had, in his National Day Rally in August, said the existing MediShield scheme will be revamped to cover all Singaporeans for life, including the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses.
Called MediShield Life, it will give better protection for very large hospital bills and help patients pay less from their own pockets.
To find out more go to www. moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/ medishield-life.html
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