New insurance scheme for migrant workers’ medical bills

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SINGAPORE – An insurance programme will be developed to help employers manage unexpectedly large medical expenses of migrant workers, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Wednesday (Aug 26).

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will also carefully consider the cost-sharing model for higher standards in migrant worker dormitories, even as a stronger system of medical support for the workers is built, she added.

“As important as it is to safeguard the health and wellness of our workers, we must also ensure the higher costs are sustainable,” Mrs Teo said in her ministry’s addendum to the President’s earlier speech, setting out its priorities for the new term of government.