Monday, May 3, 2010

S'poreans withdrew total of S$660m from Medisave accounts in 2009

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans withdrew a total of S$660 million from their Medisave accounts to pay for the direct medical expenses incurred in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities last year.

This was an increase from the S$590 million withdrawn in 2008.
These figures do not include withdrawals for MediShield and ElderShield premium payments which were S$745 million in 2008 and S$875 million in 2009.

52 per cent of the withdrawals in 2009 were to pay for the members' own direct medical expenses.
The remaining withdrawals were to pay for family members: 17 per cent for spouses, 18 per cent for parents, 12 per cent for children, one per cent for grandparents and others.
Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan gave this update in a written reply to MP Dr Lim Wee Kiak on Monday. - CNA/vm

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