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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 14 December 2006

Revision of hospital subsidy for foreigners


Revision of Hospital Subsidy for Foreigners

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reviewed the healthcare subsidy provided at restructured hospitals and national centres, to provide a clear distinction in health benefits between (a) Singapore citizens, (b) Permanent Residents (PRs) and (c) other foreigners, including foreign workers.
Currently, PRs are subsidised to the same extent as Singapore citizens. From October 2007, PRs will continue to be subsidised for hospital services, but at 5 percentage-points less than Singapore citizens.
From October 2008, another 5 percentage-point reduction will be applied. This way, Singapore citizens will enjoy greater subsidy than PRs, by a total of 10 percentage- points. Please see Annex for details.
As for the other foreigners, there will be no more healthcare subsidy from October 2007. Most of them are here on employment. The Government is exploring whether to require employers to purchase medical insurance coverage for their foreign workers, to manage the potential impact of subsidy withdrawal.
An exception will be made for emergency services at hospital Emergency Departments. Fees will not discriminate between nationality or citizenship.
More..... (FAQs on revision of hospital subsidies for non-citizens)

Source: Press Release 11 Dec 2006

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