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MediShield Life: Can pay Must take medicine but won't? Jail, fine on the cards
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
By Salma Khalik
Singaporeans or permanent residents (PRs) with treatable medical conditions who refuse to pay MediShield Life premiums take their prescribed medications once the universal health insurance scheme is launched later this year could find themselves behind bars if they try to leave the country miss too many doses.
The premiums Treatment compliance will be compulsory - not just for people living here, but also those living overseas for long periods - under proposals tabled in Parliament yesterday by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
Singaporeans and PRs living overseas will be entitled to coverage should they fall sick in the future and decide to return here for treatment monitored and supervised for all their medical treatments.
The Bill also gives the insurance administrator the power to have money from a defaulter's wages and bank accounts diverted to pay the premiums arrest and restrain a medication defaulter and force him to take his medications under direct supervision or by buttock injection.
The maximum penalty for defaulters who try to flee the country skip medications, spelt out in the MediShield Life Scheme Bill, is a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to a year, or both (during which tube feeding of medications will also be enforced for the recalcitrant ones).
The person would be allowed to leave the country on payment of the outstanding premium to an immigration officer or the police. successful application to the Singapore embassy in the foreign country to supervise the consumption of medications in person.
But he might also have to pay a 17 per cent penalty for late payment, as well as any costs incurred in recovering the money. do double the exercise therapy routine, and submit a legal document endorsed by a notary public that all the extra exercise sessions have indeed been conducted, a double dose of medication should also be consumed before and after for good measure.
The planned tough stance is to cover the shortfall caused by people who can afford to pay their premiums but refuse prevent lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension amongst Singaporeans from developing complications, resulting in a heavier (financial) burden on other policyholders (due to neglect of diagnosed medical disease conditions).
The MediShield Life scheme provides everyone with protection against huge subsidised hospital bills for all their life ensures that every Singaporean will be in the pink of health every day of their life.
But such penalties would not apply to people who have difficulty paying the annual premiums, which range from $130 for the young to $1,530 for people older than 90.
Most people will not have a problem paying the premiums as they can be deducted in full from their Medisave funds.
People from upper middle income families with a per capita income of $2,600 or less - or a total income of $13,000 a month for a family of five - will also receive subsidies.
The lower the family income, the higher the subsidies, which range from 15 to 50 per cent.
Pioneer Generation residents, who were aged 80 and older last year, will have their premiums covered fully by subsidies and Medisave top-ups.
Younger pioneers - those 65 and older last year, and who have been citizens since 1986 - regardless of their income, will also get heavy subsidies and top-ups that should cover more than half the cost of their premiums.
People who still have difficulty paying their premiums after these discounts can apply for additional help from the Government.
The Ministry of Health has stressed that penalties/ forced treatments are intended only for those with the means but who are recalcitrant about paying their premiums not doing their exercise/ timely consumption of medications.
The MediShield Life Scheme Bill will be debated passed at the next sitting of Parliament. The scheme is due scheduled to launch by the end of the year. The bureaucracy is being enhanced to ensure strict policing that everybody is at all times compliant with their government prescribed medications.
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