Financial Assistance for Essential Outpatient and Inpatient Medical Treatment and Plans to Liberalise Use of MediSave and MediFund on Account of COVID-19 Outbreak

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Call and Constituency of Participant of Parliament
Dr Chia Shi-Lu
MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC 

Inquiry No. 1716

To ask the Priest for Wellness (a) because January 2020, whether there has actually been a boost in the variety of individuals appealing for financial assistance for essential outpatient and inpatient medical treatment; and (b) whether the Ministry will certainly take into consideration liberalising making use of MediSave and MediFund thinking about the financial effect of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Created Solution

1      The variety of individuals that have actually appealed for financial assistance for medical treatment because Jan 2020 has actually continued to be concerning the like that over the very same duration in previous years. 

2         Regardless of this, MOH has actually currently established actions to boost medical care price throughout this duration. These consist of:

( i) Free COVID-19 treatment for Singaporeans, besides those that pick to proceed taking a trip versus traveling advisories throughout this duration.

( ii) Unique aids for Singaporeans at the general public Wellness Readiness Centers for Severe Respiratory system Infection medical diagnoses, to get rid of financial obstacles to care.

( iii) Expansion of CHAS aid and MediSave for video-consultations of picked persistent problems, to permit appropriate individuals to obtain treatment in your home.

3       We will certainly remain to function very closely with medical care organizations to recognize individuals that may be looking for financial assistance, workout adaptability for charms, and carry out improvements to our medical care funding plans to guarantee that medical care continues to be budget friendly for all Singaporeans.