Singapore ends free Covid treatments for unvaccinated citizens — RT World News

The government of Singapore will no longer cover the healthcare costs of Covid-19 patients if they choose to remain unvaccinated, the country’s health ministry announced, in an apparent bid to encourage immunizations.

“Currently, unvaccinated persons make up a sizable majority of those who require intensive inpatient care, and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources,”According to the ministry, Monday’s statement stated that this same group is responsible for approximately “the bulk of severe and ICU cases”And imposes “a strain on our healthcare system.”

We will start charging Covid-19 patients for unvaccinated individuals starting 8/12/2021

Although the government claims that 70% of its ICU capacity has been exhausted, “manageable”Fortunately, the majority of infections are not incurable. “mild”The pandemic remains active, or at least asymptomatic. “stretching our healthcare manpower”And a possible resurgence could be in cases “overwhelm”The hospital system.

Those who have been partially vaccinated will have until December 31 to allow them to complete their immunizations on the government’s dime, but beyond that date those individuals will be charged for any Covid-related treatment.

Only citizens returning from overseas who test positive within a short time are eligible for free coronavirus vaccinations and therapy. “avoid financial considerations adding to public uncertainty and concern when Covid-19 was an emergent and unfamiliar disease.”

The ministry said that people who cannot receive inoculations will be provided free treatment to those with medical conditions. This includes children younger than 12 years old. According to the ministry, “patients who are unvaccinated by choice may still tap on regular healthcare financing arrangements to pay for their bills where applicable.”

The ministry reported that Singapore had recorded an average of more than 3000 new infections per day over the past three weeks. Johns Hopkins University data shows that the country has only seen over 220,000 new infections per day since late 2019 when the pandemic began. There have also been 511 deaths.

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