Government has decided to reduce health subsidies given to Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) by 10% points.
Singapore citizens are still entitled to an 80% subsidy for a Class C ward. But PRs will be entitled to 60% of cost, down from 70%.
From January 1 2011, the subsidy for PRs in Class B2 and C wards in public hospitals as well as specialist outpatient clinics will be cut by 5% points. It will be cut another 5% in July.
The subsidy for PRs in the intermediate and long-term care sector, like community hospitals and nursing homes, will be cut by 5% points. Another five percentage-point reduction will apply to community hospitals and nursing homes from January 2012.
New policies may make more PR convert to citizens; or, maybe some will choose to go back to their home country feeling separated from the community? What do you think?