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Anonymous

03 Jun 2020

Insurance

My child aged 17 has been insured under Aviva My Shield Plan 2 Plus Option A for free. Free cover ends age 21 and I am thinking of upgrading her to cover private hospital. Any advice?

We will still be using govt hospitals but would like it as a safety net due to a bad experience of a long wait of a few months to resolve a health issue. As Aviva premiums seems on the high side as one ages, I am considering switching her to Income, AIA or Great Eastern. I like AIA for its long pre n post hosp benefits but is worried about being slapped with high costs if not using panel of doctors. Would appreciate any insights on which company would b suitable in my daughter's case.
Thanks .

Discussion (4)

What are your thoughts?

There are a few points you need to take into consideration when you choose a hospitalization plan in Singapore.

  1. Choose the one with the best underwriting terms

  2. The class of hospitalization will correlate with your affordability and income level

  3. Do not make the assumption that the cheapest provider today will be the cheapest in the future

  4. Do not make the assumption that benefits cannot be changed, altered, or increased to be competitive.

The assumption that the other providers have a lower increment as the person ages, and that remains the status quo is a flawed view. Hospitalization plans are the most frequently readjusted plans in the life insurance industry, and that will continue to be the case as underwriting claims and experience will affect the premiums going forward. This is going to be the case as Singapore faces an aging population.

I would often recommend getting a private cover for the youth as the premiums are still affordable when they are younger, they could downgrade later on as they age and near retirement. The important factor is ensuring that they keep their private option while they are healthy. This changes as we age.

All insurers would be able to give private covers, but they will have their own list of pros and cons. The macro idea; if you are buying government hospitalization for your daughter, upgrading it to a Private plan will solve that issue with the wait time. Whether there is a panel of doctors is a separate question as there is a limit to how much we can predict the type of hospitalizations into the future.​​​

Pang Zhe Liang

Pang Zhe Liang

03 Jun 2020

Level 14·Senior Financial Services Consultant at AIA Singapore Private Limited

Above all, everyone needs to have their own healthcare insurance. In your situation, yes, I will suggest for your daughter to have her own private integrated shield plan in addition to the free coverage that she has now. The reason is simple - insurability is pricelss. Once you have a medical condition (like myself), you may never be insurable again.

More Details:

Integrated Shield Plan Rider Singapore: A Starter’s Guide

In your situation, I will suggest for you to speak with your agent or to work with someone experienced. For the most part, we need to understand the coverage that the plan is able to provide.

Additionally, insurers have shift their focus towards seeking medical treatment with their list of panel doctors. Therefore, this is an important point to note when you make a decision.

For AIA Singapore, our list of preferred providers include government and restructured hospitals in Singapore, alongside with a list of specialists from the private hospitals. At this point, there are over 400 specialists and many more who are awaiting to join the list.

https://www.aia.com.sg/en/help-support/qualityh...

As for your concern, I will suggest for you to have a basic introduction and understanding on the panel doctors that AIA provides. This gives you confidence when you make your decision. Of course, you should always choose to work with someone who have experience in claim related matters. Accordingly, this minimises any potential hiccups when a claim arise.

All things considered, we get healthcare insurance to have a peace of mind. Therefore, it is imperative to work with a reputable insurer, to choose a reasonable plan, and work with a responsible agent.

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Nigel Tan

Nigel Tan

02 Jun 2020

Level 7·Executive Senior Financial Planner at Great Eastern Life

Hi anon, while I can't say much about the other companies, GE never used to be the cheapest but rece...

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