MEDISHIELD LIFE HELPS MORE S'POREANS IN 2016 BUT PREMIUMS SOAR TOO!

I refer to the article “MediShield Life helps more people a year on” (My Paper, Nov 1).

It states that “One year after Singapore introduced MediShield Life – a universal insurance scheme, more people are getting help with their medical bills.

Higher $614.3m paid out compared to $307.5m in the previous period

Nearly 400,000 claims were made between last November and September this year. A total of $614.3 million was paid out.

Of this, $102.5 million went to people who were previously uninsured, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman told The Straits Times.

Over the same period in the previous year, $307.5 million was disbursed for 291,500 claims.

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Premiums rose to $1,736m with half paid by govt

There is a trade-off. Premiums rose, mounting to $1,736 million in the 11 months from its launch – compared with $685.7 million in the same period the previous year.

Almost half was paid by the Government, largely as premium subsidies.”

44.8% claims to premiums ratio in the previous year?

So, does it mean that the claims to premiums ratio over the same period in the previous year was 44.8 per cent ($307.5 million claims divided by $685.7 million premiums)?

70.8% claims to premiums ratio from its launch?

And the claims to premiums ratio in the 11 months from its launch was 70.8 per cent ($614.3 million claims divided by $868 million premiums ($1,736 million x 0.5 as half “was paid by the Government, largely as premium subsidies”))?

“Premiums not disbursed will be invested in the Special Singapore Government Securities as this has stable, long-term stability, said Fang Ai Lian, who chairs the MediShield Life Council.”

Leong Sze Hian

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