Patients in Singapore to pay less for palliative care

Categories: Policy.

The Ministry of Health is to raise the withdrawal limits from 1 January 2015.

According to Channel NewsAsia, patients will be able to withdraw up to S$200 per day for inpatient hospice services (S$40 more than the current limit) and the lifetime withdrawal limit will be raised to S$2,500, from the current S$1,500. No cap is set for those with terminal illnesses such as cancer or end-stage organ failure.

The announcement was made by Minister for Health, Gan Kim Yong, in a speech at the Singapore Palliative Care Conference, in which he outlined an action plan to develop palliative services systematically and holistically across care sectors.