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Singaporeans who are ‘unvaccinated by choice’ can no longer receive free COVID-19 treatment

The government of Singapore has announced that anyone ‘unvaccinated by choice’ will no longer have Covid-19 related healthcare covered.

For Singaporeans and Singapore’s Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders, Covid treatment has been free due to the government covering the expenses. The only exception to this is when someone tests positive after traveling overseas. The free treatment will be coming to an end for the 15% of people who are eligible for the vaccine but haven’t gotten it.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced on Monday that beginning December 8, all those who have chosen not to get the vaccine, even though they qualify, will no longer have their medical bills covered if they get sick with Covid-19. Patients will not be denied coverage, but they will now have to pay out of pocket or through their insurance.

The city-state has faced 91,000 positive tests in the last 28 days, prompting the government to take a stricter approach. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said, “Hospitals really much prefer not to have to bill these patients at all. But we have to send this important signal to urge everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible.” The country reported that the majority of serious cases were among the unvaccinated.

“For the majority who are vaccinated, this special approach for COVID-19 bills will continue until the COVID-19 situation is more stable.” In addition, those who are ineligible to get the vaccine due to young age or for health reasons will still have Covid-19 bills covered. Singapore has covered Covid-19 medical bills “to avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when COVID-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease.” 

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FINANCIAL EXPRESS

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