The Workers’ Party welcomes the MediShield Life Review Committee’s recommendations on MediShield Life. Many of the recommended enhancements to the MediShield health insurance scheme have been articulated by Workers’ Party MPs in Parliament as well as by many Singaporeans over the years. These include adjusting co-payments and claim limits to ease the cost of healthcare for Singaporeans, and providing permanent premium subsidies for vulnerable groups of Singaporeans.
We note that the Government has accepted the recommendations and premiums will increase; and the Government has pledged to assist Singaporeans in minimising the impact of the premium increase. We will further study the details of the Committee’s recommendations and respond when Parliament debates these changes.
The Workers’ Party will continue to advocate that the Government should shoulder a higher proportion of healthcare costs, and share more risks on behalf of Singaporean families.
GERALD GIAM (严燕松)
Non-constituency MP and Chair, Media Team
The Workers’ Party