I have been waiting for this for almost ten years. When we found out about Faith's autism when she was around two, I asked my insurer, Great Eastern Life, if I could buy some medical insurance for my firstborn. Just a basic plan, to cover her for medical bills in case she got hospitalized. And I wasn't even asking for the insurance to cover her autism condition.
Great Eastern Life said no, she couldn't be covered.
My two younger children, who don't have autism, have that protection but I couldn't buy any health and hospitalisation insurance for Faith.
So when I read this headline in TODAY, I muttered to myself, "About time. Good job."
"SINGAPORE - NTUC Income launched Singapore's first insurance plan for children and young people with autism today.
The plan - SpecialCare (Autism), provides coverage for medical expenses due to accidents and infectious diseases, including outpatient and hospitalisation expenses, daily hospital income, personal liability and death and disability due to accidents.
On top of that, additional benefits - that most insurance plans do not cover - such as reimbursement for mobility aids, psychiatric treatment and physiotherapy and others are also included…"
So how, Great Eastern Life and all other insurance companies that are still denying basic medical insurance for kids with autism? You guys leh?