MediShield changes will take effect on 1 March 2013

The following changes will be introduced to MediShield from 1 March 2013:

a) Increase the coverage age from 85 to 90 years to ensure that our elderly remain insured as they live longer;
b) Extend coverage to inpatient psychiatric treatment at $100 per day up to 35 days per year for newly diagnosed conditions1, to encourage timely and appropriate treatment of mental illnesses;
c) Extend coverage to short-stay wards in Emergency Departments;
d) Increase the policy year and lifetime limit from $50,000 to $70,000 and from $200,000 to $300,000 respectively to better cover members who face exceptionally large bills;
e) To maintain the scheme’s focus on large bills, increase the Class B2/C deductibles2 moderately by $500 from $1,500/$1,000 to $2,000/$1,500 for those aged 80 and below3;
f) Increase the Medisave withdrawal limits for MediShield and Medisave-approved Integrated Shield Plans from $800 to $1,000 for those aged 76 to 80 and from $1,150 to $1,200 for those aged above 80;
g) Remove the MediShield maximum entry age of 75 to enable healthy uninsured elderly to obtain coverage; and
h) Update MediShield premiums in line with claims experience and to support the benefit enhancements.


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