Intermediate and Long-Term Care Services Subsidies

Those needing intermediate or long-term care facilities and long-term care services should apply for Singapore government subsidies to help offset elderly care costs.

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What are Intermediate and Long-Term Care Services (ILTC)?

Intermediate and long-term care services are typically required for persons who need further care and treatment after being discharged from hospital. Long-term care services for the elderly who may be frail and need supervision or assistance with their activities of daily living may also be necessary.

These services are provided through some long-term care facilities, such as:
Community hospitals
Chronic sick facilities
Nursing homes
Hospices
Eldercare centres
Home-based services such as home nursing, home medical, home help services meals-on-wheels, escort/transport services


Government Subsidies for Intermediate and Long-Term Care Services

The bills for long-term care services may accumulate for patients over extended periods of time. As such, the government provides subsidies to offset these bills.

Eligibility Criteria for Government Subsidies

Government subsidies are available only to persons who:
Are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents
Meet the admission criteria of the ILTC services required
Are receiving care from MOH-funded service providers

Means-Testing

A means-test is used to determine the amount of subsidies each applicant is eligible for. Persons from lower-income households will be granted higher subsidies under the means testing framework. 

With effect from 1 July 2012, the means-test approach for MOH-funded long-term care services will be based on Household Means-Testing, which takes into consideration:

Either:
Gross income of the person needing care, his/her spouse and all family members living in the same household; and
Total number of family members living in the same household
Or:
Annual value of place of residence for households with no income

Medical social workers or administrative staff of the relevant hospitals and long-term care facilities will be able to assist you with your application for government subsidies, if needed.

Subsidy Framework

Government subsidies provided are based on the six-tier subsidy framework depending on the type of ILTC service required. This is shown in Tables 1 to 3.

Table 1: Subsidies for Subsidised Wards in Community Hospitals

Household Per Capita

Monthly  Income 

 

Subsidy Rate*
 
Singapore Citizens Permanent Residents
$800 and below
75%50%
$801 - $1,20060%40%
$1,201 - $2,00050%30%
$2,001 - $2,80045%25%
$2,801 - $3,30040%20%
$3,301 and above 20%10%

*The subsidy applies to patients in 6 or 8 bedded wards only.

Table 2: Subsidies for Residential Services (except Community Hospitals)

Household Per Capita

Monthly  Income
 

Subsidy Rate
Singapore Citizens Permanent Residents
$800 and below 
75%50%
$801 - $1,200
60%40%
$1,201 - $1,90050%30%
$1,901 - $2,00040%20%
$2,001 - $2,80020%
 
10%
 
$2,801 and above
 
0%
 
0%
 

This applies to Chronic Sick Hospitals, Inpatient Hospices, VWO Nursing Homes, Private Nursing Homes on Portable Subsidy Scheme, Ex Mentally Ill Rehabilitation Homes and Ex Mentally Ill Sheltered Homes.

Table 3: Subsidies for Home and Community-Based Services (Non-Residential Services)

Per Capita Monthly Household Income
 
Subsidy Rate
Singapore Citizens Permanent Residents
$800 and below
80%55%
$801 - $1,20075%50%
$1,201 - $1,90060%40%
$1,901 - $2,00050%30%
$2,001 - $2,80030%
 
15%
 
$2,801 and above
 
0%
 
0%
 

This includes Eldercare Centres (such as Day Rehabilitation Centres, Dementia Day Care Centres, Social Day Care Centres, Senior Care Centres), Ex-mentally ill Day Rehabilitation, and home-based services such as Hospice Home Medical, Hospice Home Nursing, Home Medical and Home Nursing, Home Help and Senior Home Care.

Table 4: Monthly Subsidies for Community Haemodialysis & Peritoneal Dialysis*

 

Household Per Capita

Monthly Income

Community Haemodialysis Subsidies per month
 

Peritoneal Dialysis Subsidies per month
 

Singapore Citizens

Permanent Residents

Singapore Citizens

Permanent Residents

$800 and below
 

$1,230

$983

$1,280

$1,033

$801 - $1,200

$862

$689

$912

$739

$1,201 - $1,900

$616

$493

$666

$543

$1,901 - $2,000

$505

$405

$555

$455

$2,001 - $2,800

$357

$284

$407

$334

$2,801 and above

$0

$0

$0

$0


Other Assistance Schemes

The same means-test approach is also used to determine if you are eligible for healthcare schemes such as Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) and Senior’s Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF). Besides means-testing, you are required to meet all other eligibility criteria to qualify for these schemes.

Application Procedures

To apply for subsidies, please approach the staff of the Restructured Hospital or the staff of a MOH-funded ILTC service provider for help. 

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