Singapore lifts free fees for Covid-19 patients who don't get vaccinated

Singapore lifts free fees for Covid-19 patients who don't get vaccinated

The Singapore government will not cover the cost of treating COVID-19 patients who are not vaccinated starting next month. This action was taken to suppress the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Ummatimes - Singapore's Ministry of Health said that so far the government has fully covered all costs of Covid-19 treatment for all Singaporeans, both permanent residents and long-term residence permit holders. This has been done by the Singapore government since the Covid-19 pandemic occurred.

There are only a handful of parties who have to bear the cost of their own treatment if they are exposed to Covid-19. For example, residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 after traveling abroad.

However, this rule will change from 8 December 2021. As of that date, all patients in Singapore who are eligible for vaccination but choose not to be vaccinated will have to pay for their own medical expenses if they contract Covid-19.

Patients who have just received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine still have until December 31 to complete their vaccination. During this time, patients who have just received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be exempt from medical expenses if they are exposed to Covid-19.

Currently, children under 12 years old in Singapore still cannot get the Covid-19 vaccine. Therefore, the cost of treating Covid-19 children under 12 years old will still be borne by the government even though they have not been vaccinated.

"(The government has been covering medical expenses) to avoid financial considerations that could add to public concern and uncertainty when Covid-19 is still a new and unknown disease," the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Currently, the Singapore government has decided to continue to bear the medical costs of vaccinated Covid-19 patients until the pandemic situation becomes more stable. However, this cost coverage will no longer apply to patients who do not refuse vaccination.

Singapore is one of the countries with high complete vaccination coverage. There are more than 85 percent of citizens who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country.

Vaccination coverage in the elderly group in Singapore is also relatively high, reaching 94 percent in the elderly 60-69 years. Vaccination coverage was recorded at 90 percent in the elderly aged 70 years and over.

As of November 8, there were 2,470 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore. On the same day, there were 14 deaths due to Covid-19. A total of 156 infections were found in migrant worker dormitories and seven cases of infection were congenital cases from abroad.

Singapore and Malaysia are known to give freedom not to quarantine for visitors coming from these two countries, as long as they have been vaccinated. The two countries will also launch travel routes between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport for people who have been vaccinated from 29 November 2021.