The Singapore Cancer Society in collaboration with local financial website Seedly, had estimated an annual cost of $100,000 to $200,000 for treatment of late stage cancer in Singapore. Anecdotal experience from a relative suffering from late stage stomach cancer shows that the cost can in fact be much higher. The family in fact incurred over $200,000 for less than 6 months of treatment at a private hospital. Moreover, new MOH rules that kicked in this month [i.e. Sep 2022] that restrict MediShield claims to only drug treatments that have been whitelisted as clinically proven and cost effective. Fortunately, there is an additional option – we can help manage cancer treatment costs with Cancer Insurance plans.
What Are Cancer Insurance Plans?
Cancer Insurance plans are term plans that provide financial aid when the insured person is diagnosed with cancer. Basic plans are relatively straightforward to understand. They often provide insurance coverage of up to $100,000 or S$150,000. The sum assured may be paid partially upon diagnosis of early stage cancer, and paid fully upon late stage cancer diagnosis. Payout upon advanced stage cancer diagnosis will be less any payout claimed previously for early stage cancer. Basic cancer Insurance plans also provide a small lump-sum death benefit, often around $5,000.
Premiums payable for basic plans are modest and should be affordable to most Singaporeans. Premiums may start at around $150 per year for non-smoker young adults for $150,000 sum assured. The premiums payable increase with the age of the person assured though.
Basic Cancer Insurance plans are usually “single payout” and are terminated upon full payout of the benefits. There are some that allow for multiple claims, but these are more expensive and annual premiums can be in the thousands of dollars, versus in the hundreds for single payout plans.
Why Are They Good For Helping You Manage Cancer Treatment Costs?
Singaporeans would have MediSave and MediShield Life (which is essentially a health insurance plan that provides hospitalisation and outpatient treatment benefits) that help with managing cancer treatment costs. MediShield can also be enhanced with an Integrated Shield Plan that provides more benefits (e.g. coverage for stays in A-class wards or in private hospitals). However, the benefits under these plans might not be sufficient, given the potentially high cost of cancer treatment. There may also be some treatments that are not claimable under these plans.
In addition to health insurance plans, we can also get cancer protection under Critical Illness plans. These are plans that cover a number of different critical illnesses and are payable upon diagnosis of applicable critical illnesses. Cancers are included as part of the list of Critical Illnesses covered under these plans.
Cancer Insurance plans are a type of Critical Illness plans, just that they specifically cover only cancer. This narrower focus makes these plans significantly cheaper than Critical Illness plans which can be 3-4 times more expensive for comparable sums assured. Lacking protection for other critical illnesses, Cancer Insurance plans should be considered as an addition to critical illness plans, rather than replacements. Due to their affordability, they are an excellent choice for people who might have a higher risk of cancer – for instance, those who have a family history of cancer.
Unlike health insurance, cancer insurance payments are not tied to claimable treatment costs. The sums paid out can be used to fund treatments not supported under health plans, or used for other purposes such as loss income mitigation.
What Are Some Cancer Insurance Plans You Can Consider?
The good news is that there are many Cancer Insurance plans available for you to choose from. We have put together a few covering different types of features and payout options for your convenient reference.
Cancer Insurance Plans
Critical Illness Plans
We include also some Critical Illness plans should you want to consider those.
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This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.