Hospitalization to cost more for non-citizens

From October 2007, non-citizens will have to pay more when seeking treatment at public sector hospitals and national specialist centers. Affected are Permanent Residents, foreigners (tourists), and those that are holding Work Pass (EP, S Pass, Foreign workers & Foreign Domestic Workers), as long as you are not a citizen.

Currently all residents, regardless of citizenship status, receive the same subsidies ranging from 20 to 80 per cent:

Class of WardGovernment Subsidy

For those who are not yet familiar, check out sample rooms in SGH. The new policy is to, let say for PRs under C wards, reduce subsidy from 80% to 75% on Oct 2007, and from 75% to 70% by Oct 2008. Therefore, by Oct 2008, PRs will be paying 10% more for C wards.

So please let's practice healthy living. If you're not feeling well, don't hesitate to see a doctor. Avoid any further complications that might require you to check-in to a hospital. Lastly, remember that emergency check-in is more expensive than the normal one. This is true even in our home country.

Author: Celpaby


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