The Ministry of Health's Revised Implant Subsidy Framework aims to subsidise implants in a fair and sustainable way, through the establishment of the Medical Technology Subsidy List (MTSL). Implants are a subset of medical technologies that are placed inside or on the surface of the human body1.

The MTSL is a list of implants that will be subsidised when used in Public Healthcare Institutions (PHIs) in accordance with the clinical criteria for subsidy eligibility as stipulated in the MTSL. 

At present, the MTSL includes implants and some related accessories. The MTSL will be expanded progressively over time to include other implants across a wide range of specialities.

1The MTSL has referenced the definition of implants from the Health Products Act, Health Products (Medical Devices) Regulation 2010.

Download the Medical Technology Subsidy List (accurate as of 30 June 2023)

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the purpose of MTSL?

The MTSL aims to extend subsidies to and encourage the use of clinically effective and cost-effective implants to improve patient outcomes and healthcare resource utilisation.

2. What are the criteria for inclusion in this MTSL?

The MTSL comprises implants that are evaluated to be safe, clinically effective, and cost-effective in treating the identified clinical indications. HSA registration is a pre-requisite for implants to be considered for listing under the MTSL.

3. Who is eligible?

Only subsidised patients may receive subsidies for the implant if they fulfil the clinical criteria for subsidy eligibility as stipulated in the MTSL. The amount of subsidies will be based on their citizenship and means-test status, under the prevailing subsidy frameworks in PHIs.

4. Are patients allowed to use implants not listed in the MTSL? 

Yes, patients may use implants that are not listed in the MTSL, though this is generally not encouraged. However, the use of non-listed implants will not be accorded subsidies and patients can expect to pay more. Patients may approach their public healthcare provider to explore subsidised options listed on the MTSL.