MOH will be adjusting the healthcare subsidy for PRs for inpatient wards, day surgery and specialist outpatient clinics in the restructured hospitals, to further sharpen the distinction in health benefits between citizens and PRs.
With this adjustment, the subsidy for PRs in most income bands will be revised to half the corresponding subsidy that citizens receive. This has been moderated for lower-income PRs. The changes will be implemented in two phases – in October 2012 and April 2013 – to mitigate the impact of these adjustments on PRs. The current and revised subsidy rates for PRs (from October 2012) are tabulated below. A further adjustment will be carried out in April 2013 for the higher income tiers.Revision of subsidy for PRs
Type of Ward Class/Service
Citizen subsidy level
PR subsidy level
From 1 Oct 2012
Specialist Outpatient Clinic (SOC)
What services will be affected?
Will the change affect the subsidy status for my day surgery?
If you are a PR, the change will not affect your day surgery subsidy status (private or subsidised). The subsidy status for your day surgery procedure will follow that of your Specialist Outpatient Clinic (SOC). If you are a subsidised SOC patient, you will be eligible for subsidies for your day surgery procedure. However, the revised day surgery subsidy will apply, ie, at 50% from January 2011 and 45% from July 2011 for PRs. Otherwise, you will be treated as a private patient, i.e. no subsidy.
If you are a foreigner, your subsidy status for day surgery will be classified as private (since 1 January 2008).
For PRs, the inpatient subsidy will depend on their choice of ward class. For admissions from 1 October 2012, the inpatient subsidy for PRs will be up to 30 percentage points lower than that for Singapore citizens. A further reduction will apply for admissions from 1 April 2013 for the higher income tiers.
Foreigners will not be subsidised regardless of their choice of ward class.
Will SOC referrals from polyclinic be affected by the change?
If you are a PR, you will continue to be classified as subsidised SOC patient if you are referred from a polyclinic. However, the revised PR subsidy rate for SOC will apply, i.e. at 25% from October 2012.
If you are a foreigner, you are already not eligible for subsidised SOC services even if you are referred from a polyclinic.