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15 Oct 2020

15th Oct 2020

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis
MP for Sengkang GRC

Question No. 161

To ask the Minister for Health over the last five years, what has been (i) the amounts of MediShield Life payouts (ii) the number of claimants (iii) the average cost per claim and (iv) the proportion of private hospital claims annually.

Written Answer

MediShield Life was launched in November 2015. Table 1 shows the key statistics from 2016 to 2019.

Table 1: Key MediShield Life Statistics for 2016 and 2019

Year

Amount of Payout

Number of Claimants

Average Payout per Claim*

Proportion of Claims from Private Hospitals#

2016

$758 million

173,000

$1,500

17%

2017

$845 million

190,000

$1,520

17%

2018

$929 million

204,000

$1,540

18%

2019

$1,038 million

221,000

$1,520

18%


* Note: Each claimant could have made one or more claims in the year. These figures may vary from year to year due to the profile of claimants and type of treatments.
# Note: This only includes inpatient and day surgery claims.

Among seniors above 65 years old, the number of claims and amount of payout has increased by almost 50%, from 229,000 and $363 million in 2016 to 333,000 and $541 million in 2019 respectively.  This growth is about 30% higher compared to the overall population.  The average payout per claim has also increased from $1,580 to $1,620 over the same period.




Category: Parliamentary QA