A cancer diagnosis for yourself, or anyone in your life, can be very overwhelming and difficult to accept.
Remember that help is always available, and that maintaining a positive attitude towards your diagnosis and treatment will greatly help in your recovery process.
Learn more about how you can successfully live and cope with cancer in the long term, support groups you can reach out to, and cancer rehabilitative and allied health services offered at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals and Parkway Cancer Centre.
The diagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer can trigger intense responses in both patients and caregivers, and these include feelings of fear, anger, confusion, denial, hopelessness, and loneliness.
It is natural to experience these emotions, and know that there is no right or wrong way to feel. It is also common to experience mood and behavioural changes during or after treatment.
The key thing is to find ways to deal with emotional distress – such as confiding in closed ones or seeking professional support. Talk to your doctor or counsellor about how you are feeling, and inform them if you have a history of mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.
When it comes to dealing with cancer, you should not have to do it alone. Joining support groups, which usually includes cancer survivors, counsellors, social workers and caregivers, can help to inspire hope and motivate you in your cancer recovery journey.
In Singapore, you can reach out to support groups organised by:
You can also reach out to CanHOPE, a non-profit cancer counselling and support service provided by the Parkway Cancer Centre. The team works closely with medical and allied health professionals to help both patients and caregivers, and offers counselling, nutritional advice, rehabilitation services, care coordination and support group activities.
As part of your cancer care team, you may encounter healthcare professionals who work alongside doctors and nurses to provide additional support to cancer patients and families.
At IHH Healthcare Singapore, we have a broad group of allied health professionals who are ready to help you in every step of your recovery journey. They include:
Our dietitians, for instance, can help cancer patients by:
When it comes to financing your cancer treatments, it doesn't have to be stressful.
Find out more about your insurance coverage and payment options so you can put your mind at ease and focus on what matters most – your recovery.
MediSave is a national medical savings scheme that helps individuals set aside part of their income to pay for their personal or approved dependents’ hospitalisation, day surgery and certain outpatient expenses, as well as their healthcare needs in old age.
Here are the current MediSave claim limits for cancer-related care:
MediShield Life is a basic health insurance scheme that provides Singaporeans and permanent residents with universal and lifelong protection against large healthcare bills, regardless of age or health condition.
Many Singaporeans have private insurance plans for hospitalisation in the form of Integrated Shield Plans, more commonly known as IPs. IPs comprise 2 components:
If you have an Integrated Shield Plan, you are already covered by MediShield Life. The company you have taken the plan out with acts as your single point of contact. They will act on the CPF Board’s behalf for premium collection and claims disbursement for the MediShield Life component of your Integrated Shield Plan.
From April 2023, the limits were also extended to claims under IP. IPs will now pay up to 5 times the MediShield Life claim limit for cancer treatment instead of on “as-charged” basis. These changes do not affect IP riders, which are paid for fully in cash.
With IP riders, selected non-CDL cancer drug treatments will be claimable as well.
For more helpful information on all things related to health insurance in Singapore, visit HealthInsured.sg.
For payments requiring claims from MediSave, MediShield Life and/or Integrated Shield Plans, we will work with you to prepare the following documents:
If you are a non-Singaporean or expatriate with eligible insurance for your care at IHH Healthcare Singapore, please contact your insurer to obtain supporting documents for your claims. These may include letter of guarantee or direct payment by your insurer.