Foreigners on STVP to pay for Covid-19 treatments

Effective Saturday (7 Mar), foreigners on short-term visit pass (STVP) who seek treatment in Singapore for Covid-19 will be required to pay for their treatment, said the health ministry.

The announcement, which was made on Monday (9 Mar) on the health ministry’s website said that this is for the better “prioritisation of resources at public hospitals”,

In view of the rising number of COVID-19 infections globally, and the expected rise in the number of confirmed cases in Singapore, we will need to prioritise the resources at our public hospitals.

From 7 March 2020, foreigners who are short-term visit pass holders (STVP) who seek treatment for COVID-19 in Singapore will need to pay for their treatment.

However, the health ministry said that it will continue to waive Covid-19 testing fees for all STVP holders.

MOH will continue to waive COVID-19 testing fees for all STVP holders as part of our public health measures to identify and initiate contact tracing for confirmed cases who may have been infectious while in Singapore.

For Singapore residents and long term pass holders who are admitted to public hospitals due to the Covid-19, the ministry said that the government will continue to pay the hospital bills in full.

The latest decision is a complete u-turn from its earlier stance of waiver of fees for all Covid-19 patients in the island city.

Meanwhile, Singapore has reported another 10 fresh cases of the Covid-19, bringing the total number of infected to 160. To date, a total of 93 cases have fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Of the 67 confirmed cases who are still hospitalised, most are stable or improving. Ten are currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

 

 

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13 Responses to “Foreigners on STVP to pay for Covid-19 treatments”

  • Tremendous:

    Do we know enough about those in critical cases ? Are they the same people who have been listed under critical cases since more than 14 days ago ? If yes, doesn’t that spell that the issues are more serious than just reporting on infections and recoveries ? Is someone from the authorities hiding something or is the concern unfounded ?

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  • Will Liam Kuku:

    Good opporunity to make money. For those who aren’t able to get masks, improvise. Use hanky tie round the face like bandits. Or use panties.

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    Pigs are really good at eradicating free loaders.
    No milk no lunch.

    Timely wake-up and move, but does it mean it’s back to Sinkies first policy?

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Must be bcoz of the indonesian man (case 152) who came to sg to seek treatment after he already has symptoms in indonesia since 28Feb.

    How come our expensive brainy papies always need such people or such case to wake them up wan?

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  • Bapak:

    Their times are used on looking at their CPF accounts coubting money, where got time to plan carefully?

    PAPVID-20:
    Must be bcoz of the indonesian man (case 152) who came to sg to seek treatment after he already has symptoms in indonesia since 28Feb.

    How come our expensive brainy papies always need such people or such case to wake them up wan?

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  • Hu Chian:

    @ Tremendous,it’s a sensible and valid question that you should raise.Health authorities don’t tell you or hide information when it might make you panic.I think they don’t want U to know,it’ll scare U.

    ” Tremendous:
    March 10, 2020 at 1:42 am (Quote)

    Do we know enough about those in critical cases ? Are they the same people who have been listed under critical cases since more than 14 days ago ?…
    authorities hiding something or is the concern unfounded ? ”

    Site,
    Wuhan Coronavirus Turned Into Political Show? Dr … – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3LW4DAXAw

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  • Still thinking about money:

    Check their affordability.
    Make the rich pay, treat the poor for free.
    Get and reap the blessings, it’s good for the country especially today, we need the blessings.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    tio la! Otherwise why people call them jiak liao bee?! KNN!

    Bapak:
    Their times are used on looking at their CPF accounts coubting money, where got time to plan carefully?

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  • Help the poor:

    Help the poor.
    Make the rich to pay full and the poor to continue to get free or subsidize Covid-19 treatment.

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  • Teo Soh Lung:

    I also want to know more about the ICU cases. The last I heard was 12. Were any of the ICU cases discharged? Or have they been the same since day 1?

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  • Be a noble host please:

    A fit and healthy foreign visitor comes to our town for business or touristic pleasure and is suddenly taken ill with covid-19 and needs to be treated and hospitalised.
    What do we do as a host country?
    Sure some countries are making visiting foreigners pay for treatment and hospitalisation expenses and looks like we are doing the same too.
    Must we do the same and making such quick announcement.
    How many possible cases are we expecting and how much needs to be allocated.
    Don’t we risk being labelled as a stingy scrooge of a country.
    And we spent millions advertising luring them over.
    Bear in mind the numbers of visitors are fast dwindling anyway.
    If we have a minute to spare, could we just take a peep into the realm of prayer and spirituality.
    Or otherwise at universal decorum.
    We don’t have to worry about the rich visitors, they are well covered with heavy insurance. They will lose face if they accept anything for free.
    What we should be more concerned with are our poor visitor neighbours who are visiting us for some reason or other.
    Are we going to slam them hard with a heavy 14 days treatment and quarantine bill.
    Come on, have a heart, don’t we as one of the richest country in the world have the funds to handle them for free.
    Will we go bankrupt if we treat them for free?
    Where’s the quality of generosity, magnanimity?
    And how many such cases will there be, how much will be expended.
    Let’s behave like a good host and not be ill mannered towards our guests please.
    Do you think they come here to be stricken by covid-19.
    Isn’t this an open opportunity to reap some much needed blessings.
    Their thankful prayers will be a much needed bonus for us.
    Whilst the scientists are looking for a cure, don’t forget we still need prayers and blessings.
    Or prayers and blessings don’t mean a thing?
    Now showing, centrestage on all platforms, a tiny germ is wiping away very quickly trillion of dollars, throwing all economics and well thought-out business plans out of the window.
    Amazing isn’t it?
    Isn’t this not a lesson for us?
    But life continues and goes on.
    And the thinking mechanism of our cold calculating economic profit-first minded caretakers are still beyond the feel of compassion and care even in such a situation and circumstances.
    It appears so.
    OMG, what a sad position!
    Don’t burden our unsuspecting poor visitor guests please, that’s not right.
    We need lots and lots and loads of prayerful blessings from everybody, anybody, especially now.

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  • Thank you Singapore?:

    之前来自武汉的带菌者,痊愈后,已拍拍屁股走了…
    也许…回中国的机票都不需自掏腰包
    因为没有正常航班:是专机啊

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  • Travellers Should Pay:

    “Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travel abroad.”

    So, those who make non-essential travel abroad and return to Singapore should be made to pay for all expenses, including quarantine and other medical treatment.

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