Straits Times Commentary on MediShield for congenital and neonatal conditions

Straits Times Commentary on MediShield for congenital and neonatal conditions

The Government must be applauded for finally rolling out coverage for children with congenital conditions. There will likely be operational challenges and confusion in implementation and I hope all parties will work together with compassion and patience to resolve them.

Together, Medifund Junior and the expanded MediShield coverage for congential illnesses significantly enhance the insurance safet net for sick children. This is bold, humanitarian move.
With the state having laid the foundation, the community of medical professionals, parents, policy makers and insurance practitioners need to refine and make adjustments to details as experience is gained.
And in the interim, I hope policy makers and hospital administrators will err on the side of compassion and do whatever they can to support Singaporean parents through what can be a very difficult and trying period.

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