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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 2 February 2008

 Medisave for diagnostic scans in cancer treatment


Extension of Medisave Use for Diagnostic Scans for Cancer Treatment

From 1 April 2008, cancer patients will be able to use their Medisave to pay for MRI, CT and PET scans as prescribed by their doctors, even if done in an outpatient clinic.
Today, they can do so but only when they are hospitalized as Medisave is primarily meant for hospitalisation.
The Ministry of Health decided on this policy change as such scans are now part of the standard of care in the outpatient setting for many cancer conditions. For example, a diagnostic scan is needed to monitor the patientís treatment progress, or during a post-treatment follow-up check.
Patients can withdraw up to $600 from their Medisave account each year to help pay for the above scans.

Source: Press Release 29 Jan 2008

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