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09 Sep 2019 

SOURCE: CPF Board

 

#DidYouKnow that you can use your MediSave to pay for various outpatient scans and screenings upon your doctor's advice?

An infographic on various outpatient scans and screenings that can be paid with MediSave
1. Outpatient MRI scans, CT scans, and other diagnostics for cancer patients 

 

For cancer patients, you can claim up to $600 per year from your MediSave account to pay for your outpatient MRI scans, CT scans, and other diagnostics relating to your cancer treatment.


2. Outpatient scans for diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition 

 

For the diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition, you can claim up to $300 per year per patient from your MediSave account.


3. Screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies 

 

Go for a mammogram for the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases. A mammogram is recommended once every three years for those above 50. You can claim up to $500 per MediSave account per year for this purpose.


The MediSave withdrawal limit for screening colonoscopies is pegged to the prevailing charges for existing colonoscopy procedures as below:

Description Withdrawal limit for costs related to procedure Withdrawal limit for related hospital charges* Total
Colonoscopy screening $950 $300 $1,250
Colonoscopy screening with removal of polyps $1,250 / $1,550^ $300 $1,550 / $1,850
Description

Colonoscopy screening


Withdrawal limit for costs related to procedure
$950

Withdrawal limit for related hospital charges*
$300

Total
$1,250

Description

Colonoscopy screening with removal of polyps


Withdrawal limit for costs related to procedure
$1,250 / $1,550^

Withdrawal limit for related hospital charges*
$300

Total
$1,550 / $1,850


 

Refers to hospitalisation costs like laboratory tests, consumables and medication, etc. These costs will be subjected to the per diem limit of $300 per day similar to the MediSave withdrawal limit for all-day surgery procedures.

 

$1,250 refers to colonoscopy with removal of a single polyp, or multiple polyps less than 1cm, while $1,550 refers to colonoscopy with removal of multiple polyps more than 1cm.

 

Do check with your doctor for your eligibility and to understand the necessary risks and benefits of colonoscopies or whether a fecal immunochemical (FIT) test, which is cheaper and more cost-effective, is a suitable alternative for you.

 

Information accurate as at 9 September 2019