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Sun Nov 14, 2021, 07:02 PM

Singapore will stop covering the medical bills of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/11/09/1053889069/singapore-medical-bills-covid-19-patients-unvaccinated-by-choice

Singapore's government has been covering the medical bills of COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic. But it says unvaccinated people will soon be on their own.

Those who are "unvaccinated by choice" will have to start paying for their own COVID-19 treatment starting Dec. 8, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday, citing the strain they are putting on the nation's health care system.

"Currently, unvaccinated persons make up a sizeable majority of those who require intensive inpatient care, and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources," it said in a statement.

Until now, the government has been covering the cost of COVID-19 care for all Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders, excluding those who tested positive after returning from overseas travel.

"This was to avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when COVID-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease," it explained, adding that this system will continue to apply to "the majority who are vaccinated ... until the COVID-19 situation is more stable."

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Reply Singapore will stop covering the medical bills of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients (Original post)
twin_ghost Nov 2021 OP
bluecollar2 Nov 2021 #1
twin_ghost Nov 2021 #2
Maru Kitteh Nov 2021 #3
twin_ghost Nov 2021 #4
nycbos Nov 2021 #5
dalton99a Nov 2021 #6
NowISeetheLight Nov 2021 #7

Response to twin_ghost (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 07:41 PM

1. It's time for America's insurance industry

To adopt a similar position.

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Response to bluecollar2 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:45 PM

2. I don't know if they can becuase of the Americans with Disabilty Act and Obamacare rules.

Although that make people get vaccinated if they did do something like that.

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Response to twin_ghost (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:51 PM

3. Delta is charging unvaccinated $200/mo extra for their insurance.

So it must be possible.


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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:54 PM

4. I can see uping their insurance premuim. But denying coverage outright might violate the law??

I think I read that95% of Delta employees got vaccinated once they knew their insurance premiums would jump.

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Response to twin_ghost (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 10:00 PM

5. I think you can hike insurance premiums.

Tobacco users get charged higher health insurance premiums.

Also they have higher life insurance premiums. I was a life insurance agent for a bit that job wasn't for me.

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Response to twin_ghost (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 10:04 PM

6. Kick

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Response to twin_ghost (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 10:31 PM

7. How about medical bankruptcy?

You currently can not (usually) discharge student loan debt in bankruptcy. How about a law change that says if you have covid medical bills and are unvaccinated you can't discharge them in bankruptcy?

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