12 Apr 2012, 3.08PM
To sharpen the distinction between Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced revisions to the healthcare subsidies for PRs for inpatient services in Class B2 and C wards, day surgery, specialist outpatient clinics in restructured hospitals and intermediate and long-term care services.
The adjustment will see PRs in most income bands receiving half the amount of subsidies that citizens receive. To mitigate the impact on PRs, the revisions will be implemented in two phases. The first phase in October 2012 will see PR patients receiving a subsidy of 38.5% to 55% (Class C) and 25% to 40% (Class B2), while subsidies for citizens is 65% to 80% (Class C) and 50% to 65% (Class B2).
By April 2013, the subsidy for PRs will be lowered to 32.5% to 55% (Class C) and 25% to 40% (Class B2).
MOH said that it is mindful of the impact the revisions will have on lower-income PRs and has moderated the subsidy adjustment for this group. For example, PRs earning $3,200 and below will see a 5% decrease, from 60% to 55%, in their subsidy for C Class wards in public hospitals.
Adjustments for the intermediate and long-term care sector will be implemented in the third quarter of this year.
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