Updated: 03/03/2014 23:07

MPs raise concerns over Pioneer Generation Package

MPs raise concerns over Pioneer Generation Package

Members of Parliament applauded the Pioneer Generation Package for bringing "peace of mind" to beneficiaries and their families in Parliament today. 

But they also raised concerns about the implementation of the package. 

Kicking off the Budget debate, MP Jessica Tan, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade and Industry proposes that appropriate outreach programmes be put in place, to notify pioneers of the benefits of the package. 

Fellow MP Foo Mee Har says this is an area which requires "urgent work". 

"We must not underestimate the effort needed to ensure that seniors understand the different components, different tiers and different effective dates of the health-care package, so that they can benefit fully from it. And most importantly, many seniors have also pointed out that the Package's subsidies will only be meaningful if the escalating medical costs are moderated. Otherwise, it would be a case of in one pocket, out the other." 

One of the benefits of the package is Medisave top-ups. 

Ms Foo points out that some pioneers do not have CPF accounts, and more needs to be done to deliver financial support to this group. 

On top of that, she suggests that the pioneers be issued a Pioneer Generation Card, which will allow them special privileges and discounts. 

This suggestion was also backed by MP Liang Eng Hwa. 

MP Lam Pin Min notes that the package renders monetary support in the area of health-care. 

He says that the non-monetary aspects of growing old should not be neglected. 

"We can and should do more to ensure that older persons, including the pioneer generation, continue to have the opportunities to lead the lives they want to, to work in the jobs they want to, and to access the information they need."

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