Currently, MediSave can only be used for large hospital bills. But should we be able to use our MediSave Funds for managed home healthcare? With Singapore’s aging population, this question is one that affects us all. As your parents age and require more healthcare services, MediSave can help to ease your burden significantly. As health problems arise, your parents or loved ones may require more medical attention. Mobility may become an issue. With the current MediSave plan, the only way to offset your medical costs is to get treated in the hospital. But would your loved ones want to spend all their time in the hospital, away from home? If it were you, would you be comfortable with only having the option to stay in the hospital or having to foot the bill for home healthcare?
On July 12, Vivian Balakrishnan spoke at a National University of Singapore commencement ceremony about the role healthcare professionals have in giving patients the best opinion and most cost-effective medicine. The former eye surgeon stated that
We know, even from a medical perspective, that preventive healthcare, care in the community and care at home is what people want, it’s what people need and is actually the most effective. “We need to re-organise ourselves, so that we can deliver healthcare, at the point of need in the most effective manner.
Do you feel that Managed Home Healthcare is what people want and need? If so, should it qualify for MediSave use? Tell us what you think. Vote here. First 50 respondents will win a bottle of COQ10 vitamins worth $120.
Wishing you the best of health, The Editorial Team The Medical Concierge Group