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Singapore government to stop covering medical bills for unvaccinated COVID patients

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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.

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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