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Eligible Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation Seniors to Receive MediSave Top-Ups Amounting to $270 million in July 2019

1. Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation seniors will receive their 2019 MediSave top-ups in July. They will receive a total of $270 million in MediSave top-ups under the Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation Packages. 

2. Pioneers and Merdeka Generation seniors may use these MediSave top-ups to pay for their MediShield Life premiums and other MediSave-approved insurance plans, hospitalisation, day surgery, and approved outpatient treatments. 

MediSave Top-Ups for Pioneers

3. The Pioneer Generation Package was introduced in 2014 to thank and honour our Pioneers for their contributions in the early years of our nation. This is the sixth year that Pioneers are receiving their MediSave top-ups.

4. In the coming week, Pioneers will receive letters informing them of their Pioneer Generation MediSave top-ups for 2019, which will be credited in July. The letter will also inform Pioneers of other benefits that they are eligible for under the Pioneer Generation Package (see Annex A).

5. Every year, Pioneers receive between $200 to $800 in Pioneer Generation MediSave top-ups (see Table 1). This benefit is for life. The top-up is expected to cost about $170 million in 2019. 

Table 1: Amount of Annual Pioneer Generation MediSave Top-Up by Year of Birth

Year of Birth                                  
Age in 2019                  
Amount                         
     
 Born in 1934 and earlier  85 and above  $800
 Born in 1935 – 1939  80 – 84  $600
 Born in 1940 – 1944  75 – 79  $400
 Born in 1945 – 1949  70 – 74  $200


MediSave Top-Ups for Merdeka Generation Seniors

6. The Merdeka Generation Package, which was announced at the Budget this year, encourages seniors to stay active and healthy, and provides greater assurance with healthcare costs in their silver years. Merdeka Generation seniors will receive their MediSave top-ups for the first time this year.

7. Merdeka Generation seniors would have received their eligibility notification letters by early May 2019, informing them of the benefits that they are eligible for (see Annex B). These benefits include $200 in Merdeka Generation MediSave top-ups every year, from 2019 to 2023. The top-up is expected to cost about $100 million in 2019. 

8. The Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation MediSave top-ups are given on top of the MediSave top-ups for Singaporeans aged 65 and above in 2019 under the GST Voucher Scheme[1].

Contact Information

9. More details on the Pioneer Generation Package can be found at www.pioneers.sg, and additional information on the Merdeka Generation Package can be found at www.merdekageneration.sg

10. Those with queries on the Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation Packages can contact:

a. 1800 2222 888 (general enquiries); 1800 650 6060 (healthcare enquiries); or

b. contactus@pioneers.gov.sg / contactus@merdeka.gov.sg.  


Issued by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health
Singapore
13 June 2019


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[1] The amount of GST Voucher – MediSave that a senior citizen can receive is dependent on age, Annual Value (AV) of place of residence, and the number of properties owned. More information can be found at https://www.gstvoucher.gov.sg.