CareShield Life is set to replace the current ElderShield Life. CareShield Life serves to protect you from the financial burden in the event that you are severely disabled. Those who are born in 1980 or later are automatically registered under CareShield Life. Singaporeans who are born earlier and are not disabled, have the choice to opt into the policy. With the new implementation of CareShield Life in 2020, more Singaporeans are able to receive better protection against the rising cost of long-term care.
Long-term care servicesare provided to patients who are discharged from the hospital and need further care and treatment in a community setting (i.e. at home). Long-term care is also provided to patients who need assistance in their activities of daily living.
Definition of “Severely Disabled”
If you are unable to perform 3 out of 6 activities of daily living (ADL), you are certified to be “severely disabled”.
What are ADLs?
5 Benefits of CareShield Life
Financial constraint is one of the major barriers for patients seeking quality long-term care. With the new implementation of CareShield Life, more Singaporeans will have access and the means to receive long-term care in the future.
Here is a quick summary of what to expect from the upcoming CareShield Life Scheme!
With the new implementation of CareShield Life, the monthly payout will be $600. Your monthly payout will be for life.
The current ElderShield payout is limited to 72 months.
2. An increase in payouts over time
The starting monthly cash payout will be $600 in 2020. You can use your cash payout for anything – for example paying for your healthcare needs, household bills or daily expenses.
The current ElderShield monthly payout is only $300/$400.
The government will be providing subsidies to make the premiums more affordable. This is to ensure that everyone receives coverage. Currently, you only need to pay your premiums until the age of 67.
Monthly Per Capita Household Income
S$1,100 and below
S$1,101 – $1,800
S$1,801 – S$2,600
You can pay your CareShield Life premiums through Medisave. This is to ensure that everyone can afford to pay for CareShield Life and receive better protection against the rising cost of our healthcare needs.
5. Pre-existing conditions covered
Under the new CareShield Life, you will be covered if you have pre-existing conditions or disabilities if you are born 1980 and later.
For ElderShield, pre-existing disabilities are not covered.
Why the need for CareShield Life?
For a policy to be universally beneficial, it needs to besustainable. With premiums being paid earlier at the age of 30, both beneficiaries and policyholders are able to benefit from the assurance that the policy is sustainable in a long run.
It is time for Singapore to cater more resources to long-term care. Singapore’s population is rapidly ageing and as our life expectancy increases, our healthcare needs increase as well. CareShield Life serves to protect us in our silver years and give us the assurance that we need to receive long-term care in the event that we are severely disabled.
You can check out our article about how long-term care, especially home care is necessary for our current needs in healthcare.
Quick Summary of CareShield Life
Here is a simple illustration of how CareShield Life’s payouts can help increase the number of years of extra coverage for long-term care services.
Type of long-term care
Cost Per Month
$180,000 Over 5 years
With the above budget, the payouts from CareShield Life will help a person tide through an additional full year of nursing home care.
Even better, if a person uses home care (a combination of non-medical and non-medical services), the same budget of $180,000 can stretch to a total of 12 years, by having the costs offset by CareShield Life payouts.
Type of long-term care
Duration of Care without CareShield Life
Duration of Care with CareShield Life
Savings with CareShield Life
*Foreign-domestic worker ($800)+ Home Care Nurse once a week ($800) + Home Doctors Visit once a month ($250) = $1850/month
At Jaga-Me, we believe in making healthcare accessible and available to everyone. However, financial constraints are one of the many reasons patients are unable to receive quality care. With the new CareShield Life policy in place, more patients have the option to choose quality long-term care regardless if it is home care or institutional care. Learn more about our home care services here.