Singaporean babies receive free health insurance, other perks

Program is part of a government agency’s thrust to promote parenthood among residents

Singaporean babies receive free health insurance, other perks

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By Gabriel Olano

All Singaporean babies born between 2016 and 2019 will be eligible to receive insurance coverage and other gifts, courtesy of a government agency.
The program is called the Embracing Parenthood Movement, which celebrates the birth of new Singaporean babies and works towards making marriage and parenthood achievable and enjoyable, according to a release by the People’s Association (PA), a statutory board aiming to promote racial harmony and social cohesion.

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One of the program’s main sponsors, NTUC Social Enterprises, will provide infants with one year of health insurance worth up to SGD250, as well as a parent-child activity book. The company has set aside SGD28 million, spread out over four years, for an estimated 35,000 babies born each year.
The program’s inaugural event was held at Bishan Active Park on Saturday, with 50 families who recently had babies in attendance. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing and Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Transport and Foreign Affairs, were special guests.
“What we want to build is the community of support, so... that many of the parents actually come together,” Chan told the Straits Times.

Several similar celebrations will be held regularly in different areas to reach a wider audience. Aside from insurance, the children also received stuffed toys, finger puppets, story books, and photo albums.

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