9 ways to use CPF Medisave Account
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Here are ways you use your MediSave funds throughout the different stages in life:
- You can use the MediSave Maternity Package to pay for delivery and pre-delivery medical expenses.
- You can withdraw up to S$500 per year from the MediSave500 Scheme for certain medical services.
- You can use MediSave to pay for repeated treatments, medical scans, surgeries and hospitalisation, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
- You can use MediSave to pay for your health insurance premiums.
Many people believe that the use of their savings in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) MediSave Account is restricted to hospitalisation bills and major medical illnesses. That is not true. There are other ways you can utilise the funds.
To recap, the MediSave Account attracts a yearly 4 per cent interest rate and is capped at the Basic Healthcare Sum (S$60,000 in year 2020) applicable to you. Once the balance in your MediSave Account exceeds the Basic Healthcare Sum, the excess money will be transferred into your Special Account or Retirement Account, subject to certain conditions.
Here are 9 ways which you can use your MediSave funds throughout the different stages in life:
Welcoming a new baby to your family
To lighten some financial burden off your shoulders, you can use the MediSave Maternity Package that allows you to pay expenses incurred during delivery and pre-delivery medical expenses such as consultations, tests, medications, ultrasounds, etc. using your MediSave Account funds.
When repeated treatment is required
The treatments and the maximum you can use from your MediSave Account include:
- S$450 a month per patient for renal dialysis
- S$1,200 a month for chemotherapy Cancer patients
- S$600 a year per patient for diagnostics related to neoplasm treatment including MRI/CT scans and tests
- S$600 per weekly cycle, up to S$2,400 a year on outpatient intravenous antibiotic treatment
- S$80 - S$2,800 per radiotherapy treatment, depending on the type
For regaining mobility and other functions
Rehabilitation fees can cost you a fortune especially in old age as your body will take a longer time to recover, resulting in additional rehabilitation fees to pay for.
To aid your finances, you can use your MediSave funds of up to:
- S$250/day for hospitalisation charges at community hospitals, up to a maximum of S$5,000 annually
- S$25/day at approved day rehabilitation centres, up to a maximum of S$1,500 annually
Keeping yourself healthy and for women entering their 50s
Expenses incurred from the following can be paid from your MediSave Account of up to S$500 per year under the MediSave500 Scheme, which allows you to withdraw up to S$500 per year to pay for your own or your approved dependant’s:
- Screening tests
- Recommended vaccinations under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule
- National Adult Immunisation Schedule and outpatient treatments of 20 approved chronic conditions
One in 11 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime and in order to combat that, early detection is the first step to take. Women turning age 50 may be prompted to undergo a mammogram scan. Each scan will cost you around S$50 for Singapore citizens and you can tap on the scheme to make the payments in full.
When you go for diagnosis medical scans
If your doctor suggests for you for go for a check-up and undergo a medical scan to arrive at a more accurate diagnosis, you can use up to:
- S$300 per year per patient on outpatient medical scans such as non-cancer related CT or MRI scans.
Falling ill for those aged 60 and above
With the increasing life expectancy and ageing population, there is a greater need to plan for healthcare costs in old age. Additionally, as you grow older, your body is more prone to illnesses and to conquer the financial part, you should use your MediSave funds to reduce out-of-pocket payments for outpatient treatments.
Under the Flexi-MediSave scheme, if you are 60 years old and above, you can use your MediSave or your spouse’s MediSave at Specialist Outpatient Clinics and polyclinics in the public sector, and GP clinics under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS):
- Use up to S$200 per year per patient for outpatient treatment
- It covers consultation fees, selected tests and drugs, and other services such as physiotherapy, if ordered by the doctor for diagnosis or treatment of medical condition
- It can be used on top of existing outpatient uses of MediSave. For example, if the treatment is for a chronic condition, Flexi-MediSave can be used to pay the remaining bill amount after tapping on MediSave for chronic disease treatment
For surgery or hospitalisation
You can utilise your MediSave for inpatient care up to S$450 a day for a stay in the hospital and up to S$300 for day surgeries for you and your dependents. Additionally, surgical expenses can be paid using your MediSave up to the surgical limit.
Making payments for insurance premiums
All Singaporeans are covered for life for basic hospitalisation needs under the mandatory MediShield Life, unless you do not qualify, or you opted out of it.
Otherwise, you can use your MediSave to pay for your health insurance premiums such as the Integrated Shield Plan, up to the Additional Withdrawal Limits.
For end-of-life care
Should you need palliative care in approved hospices, you may use
- Up to S$200 per day from your MediSave for daily hospital charges
- Up to a maximum combined lifetime withdrawal limit of S$2,500 per patient
Do note that there will not be any limit if you’re diagnosed with terminal cancer or end-stage organ failure and if the bill is paid using your MediSave savings.
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