Higher coverage for the medical costs

January 2010

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The Ministry of Manpower increases the annual medical coverage from 5000 SGD to 15 000 SGD.

Up to now, 10% of hospital bills incurred by Foreign Workers exceed the 5000 SGD limit. And an average bill for a maid who ends up in hospital is of 10 000 SGD.

The new 15 000 SGD minimum coverage “is likely to reduce those instances of employers dispatching sick maids home to avoid having to foot doctors’ bills” (Straits Times, September 26th 2009).