Aug 30, 2013

    Key policy changes

    From Jan 1, Singaporeans can use their Medisave for the outpatient treatment of five additional chronic conditions under the Chronic Disease Management Programme. They are: osteoarthritis; prostate complications; anxiety disorder; Parkinson's disease; and kidney diseases.

    Singaporeans can also use Medisave for recommended neonatal screening tests for newborns in outpatient settings.

    High-risk groups - such as the very young, the elderly, persons with chronic medical conditions and very poor immune function - can use their Medisave for pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations.

    Low- and middle-income households under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) will be able to access subsidised medical and dental care at over 800 private clinics from Jan 1. Treatment for the five additional chronic conditions can also be subsidised, up to $480 a year.Chas cardholders will also enjoy subsidies for recommended screening tests, including tests for diabetes and colorectal cancer, under the Integrated Screening Programme.

    MediShield Life will provide Singaporeans with life-long, universal coverage, with enhanced benefits to better cover large bills. A public consultation on the proposed changes will be held in the fourth quarter of this year.