Age profile of MediShield policyholders

I asked the Minister for Health on 21 October 2013 for the number of MediShield policyholders in each age group. Here was his written reply to my parliamentary question.

I asked the Minister for Health on 21 October 2013 for the number of MediShield policyholders in each age group. Here was his written reply to my parliamentary question.

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Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health how many MediShield policyholders are currently in age ranges of (i) 0-20 years (ii) 21-30 years (iii) 31-40 years (iv) 41-50 years (v) 51-60 years (vi) 61-65 years (vii) 66-70 years (viii) 71-73 years (ix) 74-75 years (x) 76-80 years (xi) 81-83 years (xii) 84-85 years and (xiii) 86-90 years.

Mr Gan Kim Yong (Minister for Health):

As at June 2013, 3.6 million members, or 93% of the resident population, were covered under MediShield. The breakdown of MediShield policyholders by age group is presented below.

Age Group

MediShield Policyholders

0-20

881,800

21-30

505,100

31-40

598,500

41-50

598,200

51-60

537,800

61-65

189,200

66-70

106,300

71-73

51,500

74-75

29,700

76-80

46,800

81-83

16,500

84-85

6,300

86-90

2,600

Total

3,570,200

The maximum coverage age for MediShield was recently raised from 85 to 90 years in March 2013, in view of the increasing life expectancy of Singaporeans. As a next step, with the proposed move to MediShield Life, we will be studying enhancements to provide universal, lifetime coverage for all Singaporeans, including the most elderly.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

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