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Updated: 06/15/2014 17:16 | By Channel NewsAsia

Govt to disburse $210m in Medisave top-ups for Pioneers from July

Govt to disburse $210m in Medisave top-ups for Pioneers from July


Govt to disburse $210m in Medisave top-ups for Pioneers from July

SINGAPORE: Members of the Pioneer Generation will get their Medisave top-ups from July.

They would be receiving letters from the Government starting this week, informing them of the lifetime benefits that they will receive from the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) and their eligibility.

The Medisave top-ups are the first benefit under the PGP to be implemented.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said about $210 million in Medisave top-ups will be disbursed to Pioneers this year.

Besides the Medisave top-ups, pioneers will also enjoy special subsidies for outpatient care.

These would include an additional 50 percent off subsidised treatments at polyclinics and Specialist Outpatient Clinics.

Pioneers will also enjoy special subsidies at general practitioner clinics under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).

And those with moderate to severe functional disabilities under the Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme will get cash of $1,200 a year.

Pioneers will receive their Pioneer Generation cards by September.

They will be able to use their cards from 1 September 2014 to enjoy outpatient subsidies at CHAS clinics, polyclinics and Specialist Outpatient Clinics.

MOF said the MediShield Life premium subsidies will begin when MediShield Life is introduced in end-2015.

To be eligible for the PGP, living Singapore citizens need to meet two criteria: aged 16 years and above in 1965 and received their citizenship by 31 December 1986.

An Appeals Panel will look into appeals from those who marginally miss out on the criteria for the Pioneer Generation.

MOF said the panel will focus on those who marginally miss out on the citizenship attainment criterion, that is, to have obtained citizenship by 31 December 1986 but who have lived in Singapore since the early years and shown clear efforts to sink roots here.   - CNA/ir

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