Removal of claims limit would benefit patients with chronic diseases: Health Minister

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong says the removal of the lifetime claims limit for the upcoming MediShield Life would ease the concerns of those needing long-term treatments. 

Mr Gan was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to "Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital", after meeting dialysis patients. 

"Some of them that we met today have been on dialysis treatment for 10, 15, 20 years. Small number of them are reaching the claims limit of $300,000, mainly because they started dialysis from very young. Over time, they're reaching the limit. The MediShield Life Review Committee has recommended the removal of this limit, this will benefit some of the dialysis patients." 

Dialysis patient, 51-year-old Hashim Abdul Rahim is one such patient. 

He wishes to see cheaper MediShield Life premiums. 

"Now my premium about 200 plus, my medishield claims have already finished, medisave also finished. So, it's better if they can reduce the premiums a bit, to at least about below a hundred dollars." 

Minister Gan reiterates that the Government will be taking up the "bigger share" of the load to ensure healthcare remains affordable for Singaporeans. 

He says this will be through more medical subsidies, Medisave top-ups and strengthening of the current Medifund. 

The committee will present its recommendations to the Government soon.