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Singaporeans Can Now Claim Subsidies If You Get COVID On Travels

by Voices Wellness 21 Oct 2020

The change is in effect, immediately. By VOICES WELLNESS.

Singapore – On Tuesday, October 20, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders who have travelled out of Singapore and have COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of their return, will be allowed to access government subsidies and insurance coverage for their medical bills. 

Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders can now claim medical subsidies if they contract COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of their return to the country. (Photo by Anne Shvets on Pexels)

According to the MOH release, this is in line with the progressive move to reopen Singapore’s borders in a safe manner. 

Other safe travel measures include the set up of reciprocal green lane arrangements and Air Travel Bubbles, with countries like Brunei and Hong Kong. As Singapore’s economic survival depends heavily on the country being open to the world, and being a key international and travel hub, it is untenable to keep our borders closed, indefinitely.    

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The new change is part of the country’s progressive move to reopen Singapore’s borders in a safe manner, says the MOH. (Photo by C Cagnin on Pexels)

The new change overrides the previous travel advisory in which citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders who had travelled overseas after March 27, would have to pay unsubsidised rates for medical treatment, if they developed COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of their return to Singapore. This meant that treatment would be on your own dime, and you were unable to make claims from MediShield Life, integrated shield plans or private insurance.

There is no change to the charging policy for those who departed Singapore before March 27, says the MOH. The government will still continue to pay for the inpatient medical bills for COVID-19 treatment, if any. 

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