Government Health Expenditure and Healthcare Financing

25 May 2021

Government Health Expenditure and Healthcare Financing

Government Health Expenditure

 FY16  FY17  FY18 
Operating Expenditure ($m)  8,199  8,734  8,937
Development Expenditure ($m)  1,618  1,465  1,490
Government Health Expenditure 1 ($m)  9,307.0  9,764.3  10,122.7
Government Health Expenditure 1 (as % of GDP)  2.1  2.1  2.1

Notes:
1 -  Includes expenditure from endowment funds and excludes government transfers.

Healthcare Financing

   2018    2019     2020
Medisave  
No. of Accounts (m)      3.6      3.6       3.7
Total Medisave Balance ($b)     96.1    102.0     110.1
Average Balance per Account ($)   26,700    27,900    29,600
Amount Withdrawn for Direct Medical Expenses ($m)     1,027    1,089     1,007
MediShield Life& Integrated Shield Plans 1  
No. of MediShield Life Policyholders ('000) All SC/PR All SC/PR  All SC/PR
No. of Policyholders with
Private Integrated Shield plans ('000)
    2,749     2,801     2,830
ElderShield  
► No. of ElderShield Policyholders ('000)     1,380    1,404     1,399
► No. of ElderShield Policyholders with Supplements ('000)       520      533       551
 
   FY18    FY19      FY20
Medifund  
► No. of Applications Approved 2 ('000)    1,240    1,216         na
► Approved Assistance to Patients ($m)    156.5   159.1         na

Notes:

1  MediShield Life replaced MediShield from 1 Nov 2015.  All Singapore Residents are automatically covered under MediShield Life.  Prior to 2015, figures refer to MediShield Scheme

2 In the past years, applications for all ILTC services were classified together as a category. For FY12, Medifund applications for ILTC services were further differentiated into three types of services - i) Non-Residential Services (by attendances), ii) Intermediate Term Residential Services (by admissions), iii) Long Term Residential Services (by bed months) - to better reflect the different nature of the services. The number of ILTC Medifund and Medifund Silver applications in FY12 is a summation of these services in their respective units. Hence FY12 ILTC figures onwards are not comparable with preceding years. 

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