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What it costs to be ill

Staying healthy is at the top of all our lists, but when you’re ill it gives you peace of mind to know that the costs are covered. Here are some key facts on the likely extent of medical expenses to make forward planning much easier.
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No-one wants to think about being ill, but medical care and hospitalisation may impose a significant financial burden if you’re not prepared. 

Financial planning is usually assumes your income remains constant or increases in the years to come. But this isn’t always the reality. For example, an injury or illness may sometimes affect your ability to work, or prevent you from working altogether. 

These factors, coupled with rising medical and healthcare costs, make it important to plan for the possibility of large medical expenses. As the region has prospered economically, accompanying changes in lifestyle have led to the increased incidence of chronic illnesses. This leads to both more frequent claims and greater medical costs.

Singapore provides ample subsidies to its public sector hospitals. It has Medisave, a national savings scheme, and MediShield, a low cost basic medical insurance scheme. But these alone shouldn’t be relied on to meet all your medical needs. Out-of-pocket medical spending in Singapore is among the highest in Southeast Asia. So it’s a good idea to make extra provision for your medical bills. Then you don’t have to bear the cost from your savings. Online calculators like the critical illness cover calculator can help you work out how much financial support you would need.

Unfortunately, for all, the costs of being ill have risen steeply. But the silver lining is that costs are manageable if appropriate measures are taken in advance. Having comprehensive insurance coverage is the first step. Health insurance helps to reimburse the fees incurred during hospitalisation, and offset some of the outpatient treatment costs such as medication and consultancy charges. Some policies also provide an income replacement stream, if you’re not able to work. 

Having the right health insurance helps you to take care of life’s uncertainties - allowing you to plan towards a secure, stress-free future. 

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