As of December 1, 2007, all Singaporean babies (whose births are registered on or after that date) will be covered by the governement's Medishield medical insurance scheme. Children of Singapore permanent residents, who are born in Singapore and whose permanent residency are registered here on or after December 1 will also be covered by the scheme. The programme is on an opt-out basis and basic coverage cost of S$30 per year will be borne by the father's Medisave account.
The Ministry of Health will also target to include children and youths in the Medishield scheme:
- Children aged up to 6 Each successive batch of Primary One students from 2008 to 2014 will be enrolled in Medishield.
- Children and Youths aged 7 to 20 Those studying in mainstream schools (primary, secondary, JCs and pre-universities) will be enrolled between 2008 to 2009. Others at non-mainstream institutions will be sent mailers to opt-in for coverage.