Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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National Day Rally 2018 news-in-brief on health

1) CHAS to be extended to all Singaporeans with chronic conditions, regardless of income

The Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) will soon cover Singaporeans with chronic conditions regardless of their income, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 19).

“We want all Singaporeans to have access to affordable, high quality healthcare,” he added. “No one should be denied medical care because they cannot afford it.”


2) New polyclinics

Sembawang, Eunos, Kallang and Bukit Panjang will have new polyclinics by 2020, he revealed, while Nee Soon Central and Tampines North will get them by 2023.


3) 'Merdeka Generation’ healthcare package for Singaporeans born in ’50s

A new Merdeka Generation Package to help with the medical expenses of some 500,000 Singaporeans born in the 1950s.

The package – to be implemented using “a significant sum” - will include the likes of outpatient subsidies, Medisave top ups, premium subsidies for the MediShield Life insurance scheme and payouts for long term care, similar areas covered by the Pioneer Generation Package.

Ref:
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ndr-2018-merdeka-generation-package-national-day-rally-10631436
2) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ndr-2018-chas-subsidy-scheme-singaporeans-chronic-conditions-10631428

1- and 2-room HDB households in North East District to get vouchers for free LED lights


All households living in one- and two-room Housing and Development Board flats in the North East District will receive a S$25 voucher to buy LED lights, in a bid to encourage these households to use more energy-efficient lights.

The National Environment Agency and North East Community Development Council announced this initiative on Saturday (Aug 18), at the launch of the “Switch and Save – Use LED” @ North East programme.

More than 13,000 households in the North East District will benefit from this programme, they added.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/1-2-room-hdb-households-led-lights-voucher-10629048