From Dec 8, all covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice will have to bear the costs of their medical expenses if hospital or admitted to covid treatment centre says Singapore Ministry of Health.
Hospitalised Covid Patients Who Refuse To Be Vaccinated Will Have To Pay Their Own Medical Bills Says Singapore MOH
SINGAPORE: Beginning Dec. 8, all COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated “by choice" will be responsible for their own medical bills if admitted to hospitals or COVID-19 treatment centres, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said Monday (Nov 8).
The Government is now covering the whole cost of COVID-19 medical treatment for all Singaporeans, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders, with the exception of individuals who test positive shortly after returning from foreign travel.
“Currently, unvaccinated persons make up a sizeable majority of those who require intensive inpatient care, and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources," said MOH.
The new regulation will apply to patients who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination but refuse to get it.
Those who are only partly vaccinated will only have their medical bills compensated by the government until December 31, the MOH stated.
COVID-19 patients who choose not to get vaccinated may still use standard healthcare funding methods to pay their expenditures.
Singaporeans and permanent residents may be eligible for standard government subsidies as well as MediShield Life or the Integrated Shield Plan. Long-term passholders may continue to finance their passes via their normal means, such as private insurance.
Individuals who are not eligible for vaccination, such as minors under the age of 12 or those who are medically ineligible, will continue to have their COVID-19 medical expenditures completely covered by the government, the Health Ministry noted.
source - CNA
From January 1 2022, only Singaporeans, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders who are fully vaccinated and have not recently been to other countries will have their COVID-19 medical expenditures covered in full by the government.
The Ministry of Health said that the present system of funding the full cost of COVID-19 medical treatment for all Singaporeans, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders was to “avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when COVID-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease".
“For the majority who are vaccinated, this special approach for COVID-19 bills will continue until the COVID-19 situation is more stable," the ministry added.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a multi-ministry task force news conference that hospitals would prefer not to be billed for COVID-19 patients who choose not to be vaccinated.
“But we have to send this important signal to urge everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible," he added.