SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has assured the pioneer generation they need not worry about their healthcare bills once MediShield Life kicks in next year.
Speaking at an appreciation dinner for the Pioneers living in Pasir Ris West on Saturday evening, Mr Teo, who is also MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, highlighted two key features of MediShield Life that pioneers should take note of.
First, from next month, pioneers will get their annual Medisave top-ups to help pay for premiums.
And second, pioneers will receive specially subsidised MediShield Life premiums, which will be lower than their current premiums.
During the dinner, some 300 residents of Pasir Ris West were briefed on the benefits of the Pioneer Generation Package by actress Ms Lin Ruping in English, Teochew and Hokkien.
Seniors also had the opportunity to voice their concerns.
Mr Teo added that pioneers in their 80s and above will have their MediShield Life premiums fully covered through a combination of subsides and Medisave top-ups.
Mr Teo said: “With the Medisave top-ups, younger Pioneers from 65 to 79 will pay about half of the MediShield premiums that you are paying today. This will give our pioneers better peace of mind about their healthcare bills, and will also help their family, children and caregivers to have peace of mind as well.”