Updated: 02/07/2014 01:53

PAP Seniors Group submits recommendations on MediShield Life and Pioneer Generation Package to Government



PAP Seniors Group submits recommendations on MediShield Life and Pioneer Generation Package to Government

The People's Action Party or PAP's Seniors Group Committee has called on the government to pay a "significant portion" of the pioneer generation's MediShield Life premiums when the scheme is rolled out next year. 

This is one of several recommendations the Committee has asked the government to include in the Pioneer Generation Package and its formulation of MediShield Life. 

Committee Chairperson Halimah Yacob says these were based on feedback from over 100 partcipants at a dialogue. 

"The seniors that we talk to, they were very concerned that they will not be able to pay the premiums. The government should pay a significant portion of the premium. This should not be a one-off contribution on the part of Government, but rather, this should be something that's recurrent. We also asking the government also to look at ensuring the subsidy level be sufficient in order to cover the increases so as to make MediShield Life affordable for the seniors. " 

Other recommendations include increasing the subsidy for hospital bills and giving more help with specialist outpatient treatments and non-subsidised medicines. 

The committee also called for more Medisave top ups to help seniors pay for deductibles - and to allow them to withdraw more from their Medisave than younger Singaporeans. 

Mdm Halimah says the committee recognises that the Pioneer Generation have done much to build Singapore but they do not have the high wages, CPF or Medisave balances today's younger generation enjoy. 

And they deserve more help to ensure affordability of healthcare services as they age. 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will announce details of the Pioneer Generation Package at a reception for 1500 elderly Singaporeans at the Istana this Sunday.

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