Size of MediShield reserves

Asked the Minister for Health (a) what is the size of the MediShield Fund’s reserves as at 31 December 2013; and (b) what is the percentage of the reserves that support (i) claims incurred but not yet submitted or paid; (ii) claims not yet incurred but expected to be paid in the future; (iii) continuing claims which have a long tail; and (iv) future premium rebates.

Parliamentary Question on 4 August 2014

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health (a) what is the size of the MediShield Fund’s reserves as at 31 December 2013; and (b) what is the percentage of the reserves that support (i) claims incurred but not yet submitted or paid; (ii) claims not yet incurred but expected to be paid in the future; (iii) continuing claims which have a long tail; and (iv) future premium rebates.

Mr Gan Kim Yong (Minister for Health): The MediShield Fund’s reserves were at $1.7 billion as at 31 December 2013. The reserves support scheme liabilities that include policyholders’ claims as well as premium rebates to help policyholders with their premiums in their older ages.

Of the total reserves set aside, currently about two-thirds support ongoing and future claims while the rest support future premium rebates. The portion of the reserves that support premium rebates is expected to rise in future with the move to distribute premiums more evenly over policyholders’ lifetimes under MediShield Life, so that net premiums after the premium rebates rise less steeply in old age.

MediShield liabilities and reserves are reviewed annually in line with established actuarial principles. The MediShield Fund accounts are audited annually by an independent auditor.

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.