Updated: 08/21/2013 07:31

Family doctors cheer government's new health policies

Family doctors cheer government's new health policies

Singapore's professional body of family physicians says the government's new health policies are a well-considered development. 

Dr Tan Tze Lee, the honorary secretary of the College of Family Physicians Singapore, says the College is "100 per cent" behind the policies announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally. 

He says the changes will address the concerns and needs of people who have inadequate safety nets. 

And the College is thrilled that MediShield Life will provide lifelong coverage to all Singaporeans, including those with pre-existing conditions. 

Dr Tan adds that changes to the Community Health Assist Scheme and Medisave outpatient policies will reduce the financial burden of many in the "sandwiched class". 

He says the College is committed to working with the people and the government to optimise the beneficial effects of these schemes. 

It wants to help the Health Ministry develop a system that provides the broadest health coverage at the most equitable cost.

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