According to a report by the Strait Times. Singapore previously paid for all covid-19 treatments for citizens, permanent residents and long-term visa holders.
Those who have not been vaccinated and contract Covid-19 will have to start paying for their own medical treatments on December 8, according to the Times, while those who have been partially vaccinated won’t have to pay for Covid treatments until December 31 — an effort to give people enough to give time to get fully vaccinated.
Children under 12 are still not eligible for covid-19 vaccinations in Singapore, meaning children will still receive free coronavirus treatments if they have not been vaccinated. Singapore’s Ministry of Health is expected to make a decision shortly on lowering the eligibility age to 5 years.
From the Ministry of Health website:
Currently, unvaccinated individuals make up a significant majority of those in need of intensive hospital care, contributing disproportionately to the strain on our health care system. Therefore, from December 8, 2021, hospital and community treatment facility bills will be charged to COVID-19 patients who are not vaccinated by choice.
Singapore has a relatively high vaccination rate, with 86% of the entire population fully vaccinated, according to the government. And the percentage is even higher if you exclude those under the age of 12. About 12% of people in Singapore have also received a booster shot.
Singapore, with a population of 5.7 million people, reported 2,470 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, along with 14 deaths. The US reported 126,461 new cases and 1,222 new deaths from the disease on Monday.
If you are still not vaccinated in Singapore, there’s still plenty of time to get the shot. But know that if you continue to live your life without a Covid-19 vaccination, things will become much more risky financially in the near future – not to mention the health risks. Just take the picture. You will have no regrets.