The government has been very busy the past few days, announcing a spate of measures to help children and parents with their healthcare and various other costs.
Some of these changes include:
- MediShield coverage will be extended to include congenital and neonatal conditions. With this extension, Singaporean newborns born on or after 1 Mar 2013 will be covered by MediShield from birth, without having to be assessed for pre-existing conditions.
- To help families cover the cost of MediShield premiums for their newborns, the Government will deposit a one-off grant of $3,000 into the Medisave accounts of all newborn citizens born on or after 26 Aug 2012.
- To allow the use of Medisave for Assisted Conception Procedures (ACP)
- 1 week of paid paternity leave and extension of childcare leave
These kind of measures are usually announced during the Budget sessions; I guess we all know the reason why they were announced this week.