It is important to ensure that migrant workers continue to receive the necessary medical support, and to press on with active public health surveillance to detect and manage new clusters early and effectively.
From 28 August 2020, the Government will implement 3 main channels of medical support for migrant workers. This includes medical centres, telemedicine and mobile clinical teams.
There are 13 Regional Medical Centres today. These medical centres have a comparative level of care to primary care services provided by GP clinics, including simple acute and chronic care management, as well as mental health.
Telemedicine is also available to all migrant workers via FWMOMCare app everyday, at all hours. Mobile clinical teams will be activated in the event of an emerging cluster.
Migrant workers may also visit any MOM-designated GP clinics, at their own expense. These designated GP clinics aim to provide more alternative options, especially to migrant workers residing in the community, while maintaining public health surveillance.
Migrant workers with acute respiratory illness (ARI) e.g. fever, cough, running nose or sore throat will continue to receive medical care at no cost when they seek medical treatment at any Regional Medical Centres for the time being.
For all other conditions, medication and treatment, including point of care testing (POCT) and routine panels for chronic diseases will be charged based on a schedule of fees and according to groups of conditions, as shown in Table 1. All other investigations, if clinically indicated, will also be charged.
As an employer, you are responsible for providing and bearing the cost of medical treatment for your migrant workers.
Table 1 - Schedule of fees a Regional Medical Centres
||Medication / treatment, including POCT and routine panels for chronic disease
||All other investigations
|Acute respiratory illness (ARI)
||Free for COVID-19 PCR and ART swab test if clinical criteria is met.
||$14 – $18
||$33 – $40
||$43 – $55
- If patient has one chronic condition.
- If patient has two or more chronic conditions or one chronic condition with complications.
If your worker is assessed to require further diagnosis and specialist care, they will be referred to other appropriate care facilities such as polyclinics, hospitals and specialist clinics. For costs borne at these facilities, you are expected to bear the costs, per your obligations under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.