Singapore announced it would stop paying Covid-19 treatment fees to those who deliberately did not receive the vaccine, amid pressure on the health system.
“Unvaccinated people account for the majority of cases requiring intensive care, putting the bulk of the pressure on our medical resources,” Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement on November 8.
Singapore has a policy of waiving all hospital fees for citizens and permanent residents infected with nCoV, except for those who test positive immediately after returning from abroad. However, from December 8, Covid-19 patients who deliberately refuse to be vaccinated will have to pay their own hospital fees.
People infected with nCoV can still use regular financial contracts to pay for hospital fees, such as private insurance. Bills from people who are not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, such as children under 12 and people with certain illnesses, will still be covered by the government.
Singapore has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 vaccination in the world, with 85% of its 5.5 million population fully vaccinated. However, in recent months, the island nation has faced a significant wave of infections due to the Delta mutation and recorded about 2,000 – 3,000 infections per day, but only a few deaths.
Luster (Follow AFP)