MediSave And Medishield Life Coverage For Overseas Singaporeans

MediSave And Medishield Life Coverage For Overseas Singaporeans

Medishield Life Coverage For Overseas Singaporeans


This article briefly explains the current (as of Jun 2024) CPF policy on MediSave and Medishield Life coverage for overseas Singaporeans.


Patients who are Singaporeans (SC) or Permanent Residents (PR) may use their own or their approved dependants’ MediSave for overseas elective treatments. Approved dependants refer to spouses, children, parents, siblings and/or grandchildren.

Patients will need a referral from MediSave-accredited healthcare provider, Health Management International (HMI), if they wish to use MediSave to pay for the medical bill.  The patient can contact HMI at 6322 6333 to check if they have affiliated hospital(s) in the country where they wish to receive treatment.

Use Of MediSave For Overseas Medical Emergency/Treatment Not Available In Singapore

When travelling overseas, CPF members should consider purchasing travel insurance to protect against the risk of incurring unforeseen medical expenses. Requests to use MediSave for overseas emergency treatments will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to certain conditions.

You may refer to the Central Provident Fund Board for updates and latest information regarding MediSave.

MediShield Life Coverage For Overseas Singaporeans

Based on current CPF policy, medical expenses overseas are not claimable under MediShield Life.

Integrated Shield Plans

Depending on the specifics of each policy, Integrated Shield Plans may provide coverage for emergencies overseas medical treatment and pro-rated to Singapore hospital rates.  Some insurers may have additional riders for overseas coverage. Readers should check with their insurance policy providers to see if their plans cover overseas treatments.

As of Jun 2024, there are 7 providers of Integrated Shield plans

Additional Readings

  1. About Integrated Shield Plans | Ministry Of Health. Available from: https://www.moh.gov.sg/healthcare-schemes-subsidies/medishield-life/about-integrated-shield-plans
  2. MediShield Life | Ministry Of Health. Available from: https://www.moh.gov.sg/healthcare-schemes-subsidies/medishield-life
  3. Health365 article on going to Malaysia For Medical Services: https://www.health365.sg/going-to-malaysia-medical-services/


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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.