Universal lifelong coverage under MediShield Life is in line with our move to a more inclusive society with stronger collective responsibility. MediShield Life coverage is thus mandatory for all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
The MediShield Life Council’s recommended administrative arrangement is targeted at overseas Singaporeans who live abroad permanently with no intention to reside in Singapore. The criterion of 140 days over five years was included to help to determine administratively who can be regarded as permanently away, save for short visits to Singapore. The duration takes into consideration the general length of stay granted to tourists coming to Singapore for short visits, but with flexibility to be assessed on a cumulative basis over five years.
For those who live abroad permanently but need to stay in Singapore for a longer period of time than the specified limit, we can review their specific circumstances on a case by case basis.