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Singapore government to stop covering medical bills for unvaccinated COVID patients



Singapore will stop covering the medical bills of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients

The Singapore government will no longer foot the medical bills for unvaccinated people who are hospitalised for COVID-19.

Until now, the government had not charged any citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders for their medical treatment for the virus.

“Currently, unvaccinated persons make up a sizeable majority of those who require intensive inpatient care, and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources,”

The government’s ministry of health said.

Under new rules introduced this week, those who are unvaccinated by choice will have to pay their own way.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong / Image: File

The exemptions:

The government has revealed some exemptions will be made for those unable to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

The exemption includes children under the age of 12, as well as those with valid medical exemptions.

From January 1st, the government revealed it will only foot the bill for those Singaporeans (including permanent residents and long-term pass holders) who are fully vaccinated against the virus, and have not recently traveled.

Moderna vaccine 'strongly protects' children from COVID
COVID019 vaccine / Image: File

Singapore’s high vaccine status

Singapore is one of the most vaccinated nations in the world and has been slowly easing its COVID-19 restrictions.

As of Sunday, 85% of its population was fully vaccinated, and 18% had received booster shots, according to health ministry data.

The health minister has continued to credit the hard work of vaccination teams with reducing the number of unvaccinated seniors from 175,000 in early August to below 64,000.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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