Updated: 07/03/2014 02:03

MediShield Life will apply to all ward classes

MediShield Life will apply to all ward classes

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong says patients who are hospitalised in in B1 or A-class wards will be covered under MediShield Life when it kicks in next year. 

"Whichever ward you are warded in, even private hospital, you can continue to claim from MediShield Life, except that the amount will be adjusted, based on the B2/C subsidised rates."

Mr Gan gave this assurance in response to concerns that the universal insurance scheme will apply only to class B2/C wards. 

He says MediShield Life is designed based on the cost structure of the lower-class wards, as these cater to subsidised patients. 

"But of course, because these private wards, the charges are higher, so their claims has to be adjusted, to be pro-rated, to be set at the level of the B2/C wards. So, relatively speaking, the amount they can claim will be smaller, but they can still claim from MediShield Life."

Mr Gan was speaking on the sidelines of the topping-up ceremony of Changi General Hospital and Saint Andrew's Community Hospital's new Integrated Building. 

When it opens in December, the 280-bed building will be the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, offering a full-range of rehabilitation facilities and services under one roof. 

The facility will support a new model of care that allows rehabilitation services to start even while a patient's acute illnesses are being treated.

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