During the National Day Rally in August 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the new MediShield Life scheme as an enhanced version of the existing MediShield scheme. As the mandatory health insurance scheme affects all Singapore citizens, the announcement generated a lot of attention and discussion amongst the people. Shortly after, the Ministry of Health set up an independent review committee to review and study the design and parameters of MediShield Life.
In response to the national initiative, the SFCCA successfully organised a dialogue on 13 March 2014 (Thursday) to solicit feedback and suggestions from the Chinese community.
About 50 representatives from the Chinese community, including the SFCCA council members and various clan representatives, gathered to discuss the design and parameters of Medishield Life. Representatives from the Ministry of Health also provided a detailed illustration of Singapore’s healthcare system and a breakdown of the various incentives. It was a beneficial session for the attendees.