Medisave for health screening 

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Screening Mammograms

Women aged 50 and above can use their own or their immediate family member’s Medisave for their screening mammograms at approved mammogram centres. Under the Medisave500 scheme, up to $500 per Medisave account a year can be used for screening mammograms.

The Screening Test Review Committee (STRC) from the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS) recommended that asymptomatic women aged 50 and above go for regular mammograms every two years to screen against breast cancer. Women aged 50 and above who suffer from lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS) and atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) are recommended to go for screening mammogram yearly.

Screening Colonoscopies

Persons aged 50 and above can use their own or their immediate family member’s Medisave for their screening colonoscopies at approved colonoscopy centres. The withdrawal limit for screening colonoscopies will be pegged at the prevailing amount for existing colonoscopy procedures, as given below.

Description

Medisave withdrawal limit for costs related to procedure

Medisave withdrawal limit for related hospital charges*

Total

Colonoscopy, fibreoptic (screening)

$950

$300

$1,250

Colonoscopy, fibreoptic with removal of polyps (screening)

$1,250 / $1,550**

$300

$1,550 / $1,850

* Refers to hospitalisation costs like laboratory tests, consumables and medication etc. These costs will be subjected to the per diem limit of $300 per day similar to the Medisave withdrawal limit for all day surgery procedures.

** $1,250 refers to colonoscopy with removal of a single polyp, or multiple polyps less than 1cm, while $1,550 refers to colonoscopy with removal of multiple polyps more than 1cm.

The STRC recommended that persons aged 50 years and above be screened regularly for colorectal cancer, through either (a) annual stool analysis using the Faecal Immunochemistry Test (FIT); or (b) a screening colonoscopy every ten years.

FIT is a safer, less invasive and cheaper test compared to colonoscopy.  Under the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, screening for colorectal cancer using FIT annually is recommended.  The FIT kits are available at participating Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) GP clinics under the Integrated Screening Programme (ISP).  Low-income Singaporeans are eligible to receive subsidised FIT screening from participating CDMP-GP clinics.

Persons who choose to undergo screening colonoscopy in lieu of the FIT, and who are assessed to be fit for the procedure, may use their Medisave to reduce out-of-pocket costs. As colonoscopy is an invasive procedure, it should only be carried out by qualified specialists.

List of Approved Screening Centres

The list of approved mammogram screening and colonoscopy screening centres is available below. Members of the public may also check the CPF Board website to get the most up-to-date information on participating clinics.

Mammography Centres Colonoscopy Centres
Alexandra Hospital Alexandra Hospital
Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic Asia Healthpartners
Bukit Batok Polyclinic Changi General Hospital
Bukit Merah Polyclinic Heah Colorectal Endoscopy & Piles Centre
Changi General Hospital Gleneagles Hospital
Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
 
Clementi Polyclinic Mt Alvernia Hospital
 
Geylang Polyclinic Mt Elizabeth Hospital
 
Hougang Polyclinic National Cancer Centre
 
Jurong Polyclinic National University Hospital
 
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Nobel Colorectal & General Surgery
 
KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital Parkway East Hospital
Mt Alvernia Hospital Raffles Hospital
National Cancer Centre Singapore Singapore General Hospital
National University Hospital Specialist Surgery and Laser Centre
 
Orchard Imaging Centre Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Pasir Ris Polyclinic West Point Hospital
Queenstown Polyclinic Fortis Colorectal Hospital
Radiologic Clinic (Health Promotion Board)  
Radiologic Clinic – Breast Imaging Centre  
Raffles Hospital  
Sengkang Polyclinic  
Singapore General Hospital  
Tampines Polyclinic  
Tan Tock Seng Hospital  
Thomson Medical Centre   
 
 
Toa Payoh Polyclinic  
Woodlands Polyclinic  
Yishun Polyclinic  

Selected screening tests for newborns in the outpatient setting
Medisave can be used for screening tests recommended for newborns as part of the inpatient bill, subject to $450 per day for the hospitalisation. 

From 1 Jan 2014, should these screening tests be done at the outpatient setting, parents can also use Medisave to pay for them, subject to the prevailing limit of $400 per account per year. From June 2018, the withdrawal limit has been increased to $500. These screening tests include:  
    1. Hearing test
    2. G6P deficiency screening
    3. Metabolic screening
    4. Thyroid function test

 

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