As announced by the Ministry of Health in February 2007, Singapore will allow cancer patients to use their Medisave accounts to pay for outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT/CAT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans prescribed by their doctors. Up to $600 per year can be used for such scans. The change takes effect from 1 April 2008. Before this, patients may only use Medisave to pay their bills when such diagnostic scans are part of inpatient hospitalization treatments.
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:
The Eldershield disability insurance scheme, which was initiated by the Singapore government in 2002, will undergo changes in September 2007. Before this, the programme provided a monthly payout of $300 for up to 60 months (5 years) to severely disabled elderly persons who, due to accidents or illnesses, became incapable of simple daily activities.
From September 2007, the scheme will be reformed with the following changes: