Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid special tribute to Singapore's "Pioneer Generation" on Sunday, outlining a special health-care package that will benefit up to to 450,000 first-generation of Singapore citizens.
The package, details of which will be revealed on next Friday's Budget Day, will be for Singaporeans born in 1949 and earlier, and who received citizenship before 1987.
Meant to help older Singaporeans cope with health-care costs, the package is expected to include increased subsidies for outpatient treatment and annual MediSave top-ups, as well as help with premiums for new national insurance scheme, MediShield Life.
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Addressing a crowd of about 1,000 of such pioneers at the Istana on Sunday morning, PM Lee said, "This is a special package for a special generation. No matter how we design the package, it can never fully reflect the contributions our pioneers have made to our nation. Nevertheless, I hope you will accept it as a