MediShield Life Scheme Act

02 Oct 2019

The MediShield Life Scheme Act oversees the implementation and administration of the MediShield Life Scheme. 

 The key features of the Act are: 

  • Extension of lifelong, universal coverage and better benefits for all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
  • Establishment of the MediShield Life Council to review the administration of the scheme in line with policy intent.
  • Providing for access to information to facilitate the extension of MediShield Life premium subsidies to eligible households and scheme administration.
  • Powers for the recovery of premiums from wilful defaulters as a last resort, to ensure that premiums are paid in a timely manner.
  • Enabling eligible Singaporeans to benefit from other Government healthcare-related schemes conveniently without the need for repeated applications.

Under the MediShield Life Scheme Act, the Minister for Health may approve the sharing of information on subsidy eligibility for MediShield Life Premium Subsidies with other Government healthcare-related schemes.

Approved healthcare-related public schemes are as follows:

Community Health Assist Scheme

The Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) provides subsidies for Singapore Citizens for medical and dental care at participating General Practitioner (GP) and dental clinics. 

Screen for Life

Screen for Life (SFL) is the national screening programme that encourages eligible Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to go for regular health screenings and follow up, recommended based on age, gender, last screening date and pre-existing conditions. 

Home Caregiving Grant

The Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) is a monthly grant to defray the costs of home and community-based caregiving of individuals with permanent moderate disability. 

For more information, click here.

Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly

The Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) is a Government assistance scheme for severely disabled Singapore Citizens who were not eligible to join ElderShield when it was launched in 2002, because they were too old or had pre-existing disability then.  

For more information, click here.