The MediShield Life Council has been set up to review the administration of the MediShield Life scheme and ensure that it is in line with the policy intent. The Council will provide recommendations to the Minister on the policy and scheme design of MediShield Life, such as providing advice on scheme design, considering appeals for Additional Premium Support and deciding on the guidelines for the recovery of premiums.

The Council’s Terms of Reference are:

  • To make recommendations to the Minister for Health on policy and scheme parameters to ensure that the MediShield Life scheme provides effective protection for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents in an affordable and sustainable manner;
  • To review the administration of the MediShield Life scheme to ensure alignment with the directions of the Council; and
  • To advise the Minister for Health on matters related to the investment of the Fund, and any other matters related to the Scheme or the Fund as the Minister for Health may direct.

The MediShield Life Council comprises 11 members. They are:


Mrs Fang Ai Lian
Chairman, MediShield Life Council
Advisor, Far East Organization

Mrs Fang Ai Lian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore. She is currently an Advisor at the Far East Organisation and Chairman of Board of Trustees at the Singapore Business Federation. Mrs Fang is also a former Chairman of Ernst &Young, Great Eastern Holdings Limited, Tax Academy of Singapore and Charity Council. She served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2006 and received the Public Service Medal in 2001 and the Public Service Star in 2009.


Mr Hee Theng Fong
Deputy Chairman, MediShield Life Council
Consultant, Harry Elias Partnership LLP

Mr Hee Theng Fong is a Consultant at Eversheds Harry Elias LLP. He has handled more than one hundred cases in civil litigation and international arbitration as an arbitrator or a counsel. He is also a mediator and Ambassador(China) for Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). He serves as a director of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Chairman of Citizenship Committee of Inquiry (ICA). He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2015 and appointed as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in April 2018.

Hauw Soo Hoon

Mrs Hauw Soo Hoon
Operating Partner, iGlobe Partners Pte Ltd

Mrs Hauw Soo Hoon is an Operating Partner at iGlobe Partners. She has more than 30 years of corporate and regulatory experience in the insurance industry, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Mrs Hauw is a Board member at the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation and Special Needs Trust Company. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Insurance Supervision Department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, a former member of the MediShield Life Review Committee and the CPF Advisory Panel.

K Thanaletchimi

Ms K. Thanaletchimi
President, Healthcare Services Employees’ Union

Ms K Thanaletchimi is an elected member of the NTUC Central Committee and the President of the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union Concurrently, Ms K Thanaletchimi chairs the Labour Movement’s Healthcare Cluster, NTUC Women’s Committee, the NTUC Membership Committee and NTUC Training Committee (Essential Domestic Services). She is also a member of the NTUC Industrial Relations Committee (Service Sector), NTUC Industrial Workers’ Education Training Fund Committee, NTUC Membership Council, the Ong Teng Cheong Education Trust Fund Management Committee and U Care Fund Audit Committee and U Care Board.

Representing workers and the Labour Movement, Ms K Thanaletchimi sits in several Government agencies, national institutions and tripartite committees such as the National Wages Council, Industrial Arbitration Court, People’s Association, MOH Diabetes Taskforce and Education and Domestic Services Committee under the Future Economy Council. In March 2016, she became a Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore, Labour Movement’s 11th representative since 1992.

Ng Soo Nam

Mr Ng Soo Nam
Managing Director and Head of Asian Equities,
Threadneedle Investments Singapore (Pte.) Limited

Mr Ng Soo Nam is the Global Head of Asian Equities at Threadneedle Investments (Singapore) and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Tote Board. He was formerly the Chief Investment Officer at Nikko Asset Management Singapore and Mirae Asset Global (Asia) Investment Management, as well as fund manager at Schroder Investment Management (Singapore).

Ong Yong Yau

Prof Ong Yong Yau
Emeritus Consultant, Singapore General Hospital

Prof Ong Yong Yau is an Emeritus Consultant at the Singapore General Hospital. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore General Hospital and President of the Singapore Medical Council. Prof Ong received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1995, Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1996, the Commendation Medal in 2003 and Public Service Medal in 2013.

Sallim Abdul Kadir

Mr Sallim Abdul Kadir
Director, Consistel (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Mr Sallim Abdul Kadir is a Director of Human Capital at Consistel Pte Ltd and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountant. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of human resource management and development. Mr Sallim currently serves in various boards and Committees including Mendaki, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) and National Council of Social Services. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2011 and is a serving member of Justice of the Peace.

Shekaran Krishnan

Mr Shekaran Krishnan
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Mr Shekaran Krishnan is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. He is currently Vice-President of Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and a Member of the Accounting Standards Council (ASC).

Tan Yew Oo

Dr Tan Yew Oo
Specialist in medical oncology, SOC Clinic @ Farrer Park

Dr Tan Yew Oo is a Specialist in Medical Oncology to Farrer Park Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital and Mount Alvernia Hospital. He is also a board member of the Eastern Health Alliance Pte Ltd, a healthcare cluster of Changi General Hospital. Dr Tan formerly served as the Chairman of National Committee on Cancer Control, board member of the Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and provided expert advice for several other medical committees formed by the Ministry of Health. He was instrumental in setting up the specialty of Medical Oncology at Singapore General Hospital and later National University Hospital.

Walter Tan

Prof Walter Tan
Medical Director, Raffles Hospital

Prof Walter Tan is currently Medical Director of Raffles Hospital, Singapore.  He also holds the appointment of Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery, National University of Singapore and National University Hospital.  He was previously Chief of Surgery at National University Hospital and Head of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  He was also past Master of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

Chia Sing Joo

Dr Chia Sing Joo
Medical Director, Senior Consultant Urologist, ML’ve UroCare Center

Dr Chia Sing Joo is a Senior Urologist cum Medical Director at ML’ve URoCare Center. He is currently a Visiting Senior Consultant to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he faithfully served for more than 3 decades. Before his relinquishment, amidst his busy clinical practice, Dr Chia held key positions including the Head of General Surgery Department (2001-2010), Divisional Chief of Surgery (20052014), the Founding Head of Urology Department (2011-2012) and Medical Director of Pearl Services (2011-2018) as well as few professional appointments such as Academy of Medicine (Singapore), Chapter of Surgeons (2009-2014), Chapter of Urology under College of Surgeons (2014-2016) as well as the Ministry of Health (Singapore) Specialist Board Training Committee (2005-present), among others. Dr Chia received National Day Awards for SARS in 2003, National Healthcare Humanity Award in 2009, National Healthcare Group Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 and TTSH Long Service Awards in 2017.

Ex-Officio Members

Chan Yeng Kit

Mr Chan Yeng Kit
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health

Mr Chan Yeng Kit was appointed Permanent Secretary (Health) in December 2019. Prior to this, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence) from 2013 to 2019, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) from 2012 to 2013, and Permanent Secretary (Information, Communications & the Arts) from 2008 to 2012.
Mr Chan’s career has spanned a range of appointments in Government, the labour movement, and the private sector. These include management positions in the Public Service Division, National Trades Union Congress, Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Education. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2007. He was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces National Serviceman of the Year Award in 1999, conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2000, and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2010. 

DS Poon Hong Yuen
Mr Poon Hong Yuen
Deputy Secretary (Workforce), Ministry of Manpower

Mr Poon Hong Yuen is Deputy Secretary (Workforce) at Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM), which aims to develop a productive workforce and progressive workplaces.
His previous role was as the Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore, the government agency supporting the growth of enterprises in Singapore. Prior to SPRING, he was the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Law and before that Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Board. He had previously held various appointments in organisations across the Public Service, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Economic Development Board and Infocomm Development Authority. He had also worked as a venture capitalist covering markets in Shanghai and Silicon Valley.

Soh Chin Heng

Mr Soh Chin Heng
Executive Secretary, MediShield Life Council
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Services), Central Provident Fund Board

Mr Soh Chin Heng is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Services) at Central Provident Fund Board. He joined the Civil Service in 1990 and held various appointments in the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Manpower and Central Provident Fund Board. He received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2014.