Strengthening our Long-Term Care Financing Framework
Long-term care financing in Singapore is based on the principle of collective responsibility, with multiple tiers of support via (i) targeted Government subsidies and financial assistance, or community support for those with less financial means; (ii) insurance to pool risks across the population, and (iii) personal / family savings for individuals and families to take responsibility for their own care.
To strengthen our long-term care financing framework, the Ministry of Health introduced CareShield Life and MediSave Care, and also enhanced Government support for long-term care through new schemes such as ElderFund and the Home Caregiving Grant.
Long-Term Care Financing Schemes and Subsidies
1. Government Subsidies in Eligible Facilities
|Home and Community Care||Residential services (e.g. nursing home care)|
|Means-tested subsidy of up to 80%||Means-tested subsidy of up to 75%|
2. Long-Term Care Financing Schemes
A long-term care insurance scheme targeted at severe disability, that covers all Singaporeans born in 1980 or later, from age 30, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions or disability. It provides payouts starting at $600/month for life, as long as the policyholder is severely disabled, and is an enhancement from the existing ElderShield scheme.
A long-term care insurance scheme targeted at severe disability. It provides payouts of $300/month or $400/month for 5 or 6 years. The scheme will be closed from end-2021 onwards, once CareShield Life is made available to all Singaporeans aged 30 and above.
Cash withdrawals of up to $200/month for severely disabled Singaporeans aged 30 and above. Withdrawals can be made from their own and/or their spouses' MediSave Accounts for their long-term care needs.
A discretionary assistance scheme that provides cash assistance of $150/month or $250/month, for severely disabled, lower-income Singapore Citizens aged 30 and above, who are not eligible for CareShield Life, ElderShield, and/or Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE), and need additional financial support for long-term care.
Interim Disability Assistance Scheme (IDAPE)
Cash assistance of $150/month or $250/month for up to 6 years, for severely disabled, low-income Singapore Citizens who were unable to join ElderShield in 2002 due to their age or pre-existing disabilities then.
Pioneer Disability Assistance Scheme (PioneerDAS)
Cash assistance of $100/month for life, for moderately disabled Pioneers who always require some assistance with at least 3 out of the 6 Activities of Daily Living.
Seniors Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)
Means-tested subsidies for assistive devices and home healthcare items for seniors who are living at home and with a qualified needs assessment.
Home Caregiving Grant (HCG)
Cash assistance of $200/month, for the care of a patient at home. The patient should always require some assistance with at least 3 Activities of Daily Living. It replaces the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant (FDWG), and all FDWG beneficiaries will be automatically transited to the HCG.
Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disablities (FDW Levy Concession (PWD))
Lower levy of $60/month, for a household who hires a foreign domestic worker to care for a patient. The patient should always require some assistance with at least 1 Activity of Daily Living.
Caregivers Training Grant (CTG)
Annual subsidy of $200 for caregivers to attend approved courses to better care for their loved ones.