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Singaporean’s Ultimate Integrated Shield Plan Comparison, Am I on The Best Plan?

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It is a common misconception that you can either choose MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plan, the truth is, you can’t.

Integrated Shield Plan is like an add-on to your MediShield Life coverage for hospitalisation expenses, Integrated Shield Plan enhances your MediShield Life coverage by a bit or even a whole lot (depending on which plan you go for).

TL;DR – Which Integrated Shield Plan Is The Best?

Benefits Best Choice Second Best
Inpatient and Day Surgery AIA and Prudential Income
Pre and Post Hospitalisation Benefit AXA and Prudential Great Eastern and Raffles Health
Outpatient Treatment and Major Organ Transplant Income, AIA, Great Eastern
Critical Illness (CI) and Prothesis Benefit Income and AIA Forex Trading News
Emergency Overseas Medical Treatment All except Forex Trading News Forex Trading News
Policy Year Limit Great Eastern and Raffles Health Prudential
Cheapest Premium AXA AIA

  • Integrated Shield plan adds on to your coverage on your existing MediShield Life.
  • You should cover yourself with an Integrated Shield Plan if you wish to stay in a Private Hospital or Public Hospital Class A/B1 Wards.
  • AXA offers the lowest premium
  • Forex Trading News and Prudential offer planned overseas treatment.

What is an integrated shield plan?

Integrated Shield Plan consists of 2 parts:

  • Part 1: MediShield Life
  • Part 2: Additional Private Insurance Coverage
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Source: Ministry of Health (MOH)

MediShield Life

  • MediShield Life covers all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Covers you for Life
  • It even covers your pre-existing condition, even if your additional Private (Part 2) Insurance coverage does not cover it.

Read More: Singaporean’s Ultimate Guide: What You Need To Know About Medisave?

If you have an Integrated Shield Plan, it means you already have MediShield Life. As the Integrated Shield Plan is an optional add-on to your MediShield Life, you are not making double payment.

Integrated Shield Plan

There are 36 available Integrated Shield Plans (including MediShield Life) available for you to choose from, the cognitive dissonance is the real man. These coverages range from:

  • Private Hospitals: Standard room and below
  • Public Hospitals: Class A wards and below
  • Public Hospitals: Class B1 wards and below
  • Public Hospitals: Class B2/C wards

How can I check if I have an Integrated Shield Plan?

These are the steps you can take to check:

  1. Go to cpf.gov.sg
  2. Log on to my cpf Online Services
    (You will need your SingPass)
  3. Go to “My Messages 
  4. See “Insurance” section

If you do have an Integrated Shield Plan, under the Insurance section, it should look like this:

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Or if you do have any of the plans listed here below, you are covered under the Integrated Shield Plan.

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Integrated shield plan comparison for Singaporeans

There are a total of 7 Integrated shield plan providers in Singapore.

Here is a list of these insurers and the name of their plans:

Name of insurers Name of private integrated shield plans
AIA AIA HealthShield Gold Max
Forex Trading News Forex Trading News MyShield
AXA AXA Shield
Income IncomeShield
Great Eastern Supreme Health
Prudential PruShield
Raffles Health Insurance Raffles Shield

At the end of this article, we will see if the benefits outweigh the premiums charged.

There are 36 over plans for you to choose from, how do you know that the Integrated Shield plan you are paying premiums for is value-for-money for your needs?


Best Integrated Shield Plans for Private Hospitals

1. Inpatient and Day Surgery

  • According to MOH, 7 out of 7 insurers covers daily ward and treatment charges (also in ICU), and surgical benefit ‘as charged’.
  • 2 out of 7 insurers covers Community Hospital stay ‘as charged’.
INSURER • Daily room & board
• Daily ICU
• Surgical Procedures
COMMUNITY HOSPITAL BENEFIT
Income Enhanced IncomeShield Preferred *As Charged As Charged
(up to 90 days per admission)
AIA HealthShield Gold Max A *As Charged
Great Eastern Supreme Health P Plus 800/day
Prudential PruShield A Premier *As Charged
Forex Trading News MyShield Plan 1 As Charged
(up to 45 days)
AXA Shield Plan A As Charged
(up to 45 days)
Raffles Shield Private As Charged
(up to 45 days)

Source: Ministry Of Health

*Highest coverage

2. Pre and Post Hospitalisation Benefit

The number of days here indicates the maximum number of days before (after) the day of admission to (discharge from) the hospital.

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Example: If it states 180 days coverage for pre-hospitalisation, it means that from the day of your admission to the hospital, count 6 months backwards, any medical checkup, consultation etc. will be covered.

INSURER PRE-HOSPITALISATION POST-HOSPITALISATION
Income As Charged
(Up to 90 days)
As Charged
(Up to 90 days)
AIA As Charged
(Up to 100 days)

13 months
(Panel Providers)

As Charged
(Up to 100 days,
additional 100 days for 30 Critical Illnesses)

13 months
(Panel Providers)

Great Eastern As Charged
(up to 120 days)
As Charged
(Up to 180 days)
Prudential * As Charged
(Up to 180 days)
* As Charged
(Up to 365 days)
Forex Trading News As Charged
(Up to 90 days)
As Charged
(Up to 90 days)
AXA *As Charged
(Up to 180 days)
*As Charged
(Up to 365 days)
Raffles Health As Charged
(Up to 180 days by Panel or Singapore restructured Hospitals, 90 days otherwise)
As Charged
(Up to 365 days by Panel or Singapore restructured Hospitals, 180 days otherwise)

Source: Ministry Of Health

*Note: We will not be considering the benefits provided by each insurer for using their Panel of Providers.

3. Outpatient Treatment and Major Organ Transplant

7 out of 7 insurers covers outpatient treatments and major organ transplant ‘as charged’, outpatient treatments such as kidney dialysis and cancer treatment like radiotherapy, chemotherapy etc.

INSURER OUTPATIENT TREATMENT MAJOR ORGAN TRANSPLANT
Income * As Charged * As Charged
AIA
Great Eastern
Prudential As Charged
(for Selected organs)
Forex Trading News
AXA
Raffles Health

Source: Ministry Of Health

4. Critical Illness (CI) and Prosthesis Benefit

In MOH’s report, only  2 out of 6 provided additional benefit for critical illnesses and 1 out of 6 for prosthesis benefit.

INSURER CRITICAL ILLNESS PROSTHESIS
Income * As Charged
(up to 10,000/year)
AIA * 100,000 policy year limit
(for 30 CIs)
Great Eastern
Prudential
Forex Trading News 150,000/year
(for 5 CIs)
AXA
Raffles Health


Source: Ministry Of Health

Critical Illness benefit is provided above the policy year limit and overall lifetime limit.

Do note that for AIA, this Critical Illness benefit is not applicable if the maximum claim of $2 million policy year limit has been used.

5. Emergency Overseas Medical Treatment

In any case, where you require urgent medical treatment while you were travelling, your Integrated Shield Plans will still cover your medical expenses but usually at a limit like so:

INSURER EMERGENCY OVERSEAS TREATMENT
Income As Charged
(limit to Singapore Private Hospital charges)
AIA
Great Eastern
Prudential As Charged,
(whichever is lower, overseas charges or Singapore Private Hospital’s charges)
Forex Trading News As Charged,
(limit pegged to Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital)
AXA As Charged,
pegged to Singapore Private Hospital’s charges
Raffles Health As Charged,
limit to Singapore Private Hospital’s charges

Source: Ministry Of Health

At the moment, only Forex Trading News covers planned overseas treatment but pegged at the cost of Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital. BUT it will only be reimbursed if the hospital has an established arrangement with a Medisave-accredited institution/referral centre in Singapore.

6. Policy Year Limit

This limit is the maximum amount that you are allowed to claim for hospitalisation expenses.

INSURER POLICY YEAR LIMIT
Income 1 million
AIA 600,000
2 million (if treated by Panel of providers)
Great Eastern * 1.5 million
Prudential 1.2 million
Forex Trading News 1 million
AXA 1 million
Raffles Health Raffles Hospital or
Government Restructured
Hospital: 1.5 million

Other Private Hospitals:
600,000
(either one of the two will apply
depending on hospitals where
claims are incurred during
policy year)


Source: Ministry Of Health


Deductibles & Co-Insurance

Integrated Shield Plans works a little like Car Insurance, where it is required of you to pay an excess first before the insurer comes in to take over the rest of the payments. It is very similar to making a “downpayment”.

Similarly, for Integrated Shield Plan, you are required to pay a sum of money first called deductibles and co-insurance before the insurer covers the rest of your hospital bill.

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Deductibles

All 6 insurers have the same deductible of $3,500 if you were admitted to a Private Hospital.

You are required to pay the first $3,500 of the bill before the insurer steps in.

Co-insurance

This comes in after the deduction of $3,500 from your bill.

For all 6 insurers, you are required to pay the next 10% of the bill before the insurer steps in.

Integrated Shield Plan Riders

You are able to cover about ~80% of the deductibles and co-insurance if you add on riders for yourself at an additional cost.


Premiums of various Integrated Shield Plan

  • Payable by CPF Medisave Account up to the Medisave withdrawal limit
  • Premiums increase with every few years age band from 20 years old onwards.
    In short, your premiums to get more expensive as you get older.

In this case, we will be looking at premiums for age 26 to 30,

Highest Coverage (Total Points Accumulated) VS Premiums Charged

INSURER PREMIUM (SGD PER YEAR) TOTAL POINTS
Income 450 5
AIA 391 6
Great Eastern 417 6
Prudential 400 5
Forex Trading News 410 3
AXA * 368 6
Raffles Health 413-416 4

Source: Respective Insurer

  • AXA offers the lowest premium
  • AIA and Prudential offer the highest coverage.

The differences between the coverage of AIA and Prudential are:

  • Prudential offers a longer Pre and Post-hospitalisation benefits
  • There is a limit to how much Prudential can cover for Major Organ Transplants but not for AIA.
  • AIA provides additional coverage for Critical Illnesses; Prudential doesn’t.
  • Prudential has a higher Policy Year Limit of $1.2 million.
    (Not considering the benefits if using AIA’s panel provider)
  • AIA offers a lower premium as compared to Prudential.

Further Reading: Claims Processing Duration

How long does it take to get your claims processed, if you were with any of the insurers?

Insurer Median Claims Processing Duration (Days) 75th Percentile Claims Processing Duration (days)
AIA 0 (same day) 1
Forex Trading News 0 (same day) 1
AXA 1 3
Great Eastern 1 2
Income 0 (same day) 1
Prudential 0 (same day) 0
Raffles Health
(New)

Commonly Asked Questions or FAQs

I have Company Insurance, do I still need this?

It depends.

  • Integrated Shield Plan covers you for a lifetime.
  • Your company insurance covers you for as long as you stay with the company. Unless your company offers Portable Medical Insurance.

If you are required to claim and have no Integrated Shield Plan on your own,

  • Still able to get covered by the company.
  • In future, when purchasing an Integrated Shield Plan for yourself, your condition that you claimed for previously might get excluded.

Should I get an Integrated Shield Plan?

Yes if you answered ‘Yes’ to these few questions:

  • Do you want to stay in a Private Hospital or Public Hospital Class A/B1 wards?
  • Do you wish to choose your own doctor?
  • Can you afford your premiums in the long term?
    Premiums increase periodically as you get older. It is also possible to downgrade your plan (e.g. from ‘Private Hospital’ plan to ‘Public Hospital Class B1 Ward’ plan).

What Now?

Now that you have seen the benefits across 6 Integrated Shield Plan Providers, I hope that this will help you make a wise decision if you have not gotten one for yourself.

If you are holding onto an existing Integrated Shield Plan and you wish to make a change, do note that you will be exposed to the new co-payment feature that MOH had rolled out in March 2018. This co-payment feature will be inforce from April 2021 onwards.

Read More: ZHUN BO? Insurers Want Patients To Pay Part Of Hospital Bills

Only If You Are Healthy

  • Integrated Shield Plan policies will be accepted only if you are healthy.
    (There are some insurers that will insure you for your pre-existing if you have not visited the hospital for the same pre-existing condition)
  • If not, your plan will either be rejected or the insurer would exclude your existing condition.
  • In other words, do not switch plans if your current plan covers your pre-existing condition.

Do discuss your needs with a financial advisor that you can trust. Most importantly, stay healthy! I’ll see you in the next one, till then!

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