Elderly to use more Medisave to pay for outpatient services

With effect from 1 April 2015, a patient who is aged 65 and above can use up to $200 a year from the Medis­ave sav­ings to pay for the fol­low­ing ser­vices:-
a) Out­pa­tient med­ical treat­ment received at des­ig­nated health­care insti­tu­tions, and gen­er­ally cov­ers med­ical ser­vices and drugs, tests and invest­ig­a­tions which are neces­sary for dia­gnosis or treat­ment of a med­ical con­di­tion and ordered by a doc­tor.
b) Screen­ing tests that are cur­rently under the Integ­rated Screen­ing Pro­gramme. This includes recom­men­ded screen­ings for selec­ted chronic dis­eases and can­cers.
c) To sup­ple­ment other out­pa­tient uses of Medis­ave.  This includes the new $300 limit for out­pa­tient scans that was imple­men­ted on 1 Janu­ary 2015, the exist­ing $400 Mediave400 limit[1], the vari­ous lim­its for can­cer treat­ment and dia­gnostics, and other out­pa­tient with­drawal lim­its. In addi­tion, the eld­erly can also use it to pay for the 15% co-payment when using Medis­ave for chronic dis­ease treatment.

Termed Flexi-Medisave, a patient can use up to $200 from his own Medis­ave or tap on his spouse’s Medis­ave, as long as the spouse is also aged 65 and above.

Flexi-Medisave can be used for out­pa­tient med­ical treat­ment at des­ig­nated health­care insti­tu­tions. These are:
a)    Spe­cial­ist Out­pa­tient Clin­ics (SOCs) at the pub­lic hos­pit­als and national spe­cialty centres;
b)    Poly­clin­ics; and
c)    Med­ical GP clin­ics par­ti­cip­at­ing in the Com­munity Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).

[1] Cur­rently, eld­erly patients can already use the Medisave400 limit for the fol­low­ing expenses:
a)    Out­pa­tient treat­ment of 15 approved chronic con­di­tions under the Chronic Dis­ease Man­age­ment Pro­gramme (CDMP);
b)    Screen­ing mam­mo­grams for women aged 50 and above; and
c)    Vac­cin­a­tions includ­ing Hep­at­itis B, pneumo­coc­cal and flu vaccinations.