Thursday, April 12, 2012

Revision of healthcare subsidies for Permanent Residents

SINGAPORE: Healthcare subsidies for Permanent Residents will be revised.

The Health Ministry says the adjustment will apply to inpatient services (Class B2 and C wards), day surgery and specialist outpatient clinics in restructured hospitals, as well as intermediate and long-term care services.

With this adjustment, the subsidy for PRs in most income bands will be revised to half the corresponding subsidy that citizens receive.

In Class C ward, for a patient with an average monthly income of $3,200 and below, the adjusted subsidy for PRs will be 55 per cent, down from the current 60 per cent. The subsidy for citizens is 80 per cent.



In Class B2 ward, for a patient with an average monthly income of $3,200 and below, the adjusted subsidy for PRs will be 40 per cent, down from the current 45 per cent. The subsidy for citizens is 65 per cent.

As for day surgery, the adjusted subsidy for PRs will be 40 per cent, down from the current 45 per cent. The subsidy for citizens is 65 per cent.

For specialised outpatient clinics, the adjusted subsidy for PRs will be 25 per cent, down from the current 30 per cent. The subsidy for citizens is 50 per cent.

For lower income PRs, some of whom may be members of citizen households, the Ministry says it is mindful of the impact of the subsidy adjustments on their bills. As such it has moderated the adjustments to the subsidy framework for this group of PRs.

To mitigate the impact of the adjustments, the changes in the restructured hospitals will be implemented in two phases - in October 2012 and April 2013.

For the intermediate and long-term care sector, the subsidy adjustments will be implemented in the third quarter of 2012.

For Community Hospitals and Residential Services, assuming that the per capita monthly income is $600 and below, the adjusted subsidy for PRs will be 50 per cent, down from the current range of 40 to 55 per cent.

Citizens get between 60 and 75 per cent subsidy currently but this will set at 75 per cent from the third quarter of this year.

As for Community-Based and Home-Based Services, the subsidy for PRs will be adjusted to 55 per cent, from the current 30 to 55 per cent. Citizens will get 80 per cent subsidy, up from the current 50 to 75 per cent.

- CNA/de

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Source From Channel News Asia

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