Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan announced in Parliament last week that the Medisave withdrawal limits for medical operations at private hospitals will be increased starting June 2009. Current limits of $150~$5,000 will go up substantially to a range of $250~$7,550. The move is expected to affect only patients of B1 and higher class wards as the current limits already exceed patients' shares of the bills in more highly-subsidized B2 and C wards.
In his speech, Minister Khaw also commented on Member of Parliament Josephine Teo's request that Medisave be allowed for overseas medical care. He expressed in-principle agreement, but said that the ministry was still considering the implications, safety and quality concerns, and the issue of fraudulent claims in allowing such a move.