Few Appeal Against MediShield Life Premiums

As of Wednesday (28 Oct), fewer than 20 people had appealed against having to pay higher premiums for MediShield Life due to their pre-existing conditions, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Those who sent in appeals had conditions such as cancer and heart ailments.

"Appeals that can be considered favourably are, generally, those for which there is good documentary evidence that the appellant has fully recovered from the condition," a ministry spokesman said. 

MediShield Life, which replaces the existing MediShield, will officially start on Sunday (1 Nov). The compulsory basic health insurance scheme covers all Singaporeans and permanent residents.

Singaporeans whose net premiums go up after MediShield Life starts will get transitional subsidies of 90 per cent in the first year, to help ease them into the scheme. These go down to 70 per cent in the second year, and 40 and 20 per cent in the third and fourth years respectively.

Lower- and middle-income households will get permanent subsidies, while members of the Pioneer Generation will get additional special subsidies.

Source: “MediShield Life: Fewer than 20 appeal against higher premiums” (The Straits Times, 30 Oct 2015)

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