Frequently Asked Questions
IncomeShield – Letter of Guarantee
Q:What are the eligibility criteria for obtaining the IncomeShield LOG?A:
Policies that are on standard terms and have been inforced for at least a year from the start date or the reinstatement date; whichever is later, will be eligible.
The following are some instances where the IncomeShield LOG may not be issued:
- The estimated claimable amount falls within the policy deductible amount;
- There is an exclusion in the policy;
- There is an outstanding recovery amount due to Income;
- Treatments at private clinics, public hospital's short-stay wards, outpatient treatments and community hospitals;
- Overseas treatments;
- Treatments for excluded conditions such as pregnancy related treatments, cosmetic surgery, HIV infection or AIDS related, please refer to the policy contract for the a full list of exclusions.
Do note that Income reserves the right to limit or decline the issuance of the IncomeShield LOG, even if the eligibility criteria is met.
Q:What is an IncomeShield LOG?A:
This is a facility provided to IncomeShield policyholders at major hospitals in Singapore. The IncomeShield Letter of Guarantee or LOG can be used to help with the upfront cash deposit required for hospitalisation or day surgery, subject to the acceptance of the Hospital.
Q:What is the maximum amount that can be issued for IncomeShield LOG?A:
An insured who is eligible for IncomeShield LOG and is consulting a private specialist from IncomeShield’s Private Specialist Panel, can benefit from an IncomeShield LOG amount of up to $20,000; while it is up to $10,000 for choosing a private specialist who falls outside our panel. When choosing a specialist from a public hospital, the IncomeShield LOG amount is up to $30,000.
Q:When there is issuance of IncomeShield LOG, would it mean that the IncomeShield policy has approved the claim?A:
The IncomeShield LOG is a facility intended to assist in the pre hospitalisation or pre surgery process; it is not an indicator of claim approval and neither is the issued amount an indicator of the claim amount. The filed IncomeShield claim, with details of the medical conditions and its treatments, will require a review by Income.
Q:Which are the participating hospitals/medical institutions in Singapore?A:
Restructured Hospitals/Medical Institutions
- Alexandra Hospital
- Admiralty Medical Centre
- Changi General Hospital
- Jurong Medical Centre
- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
- KK Women's And Children's Hospital
- National Cancer Centre
- National Heart Centre Of Singapore
- National University Hospital
- Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
- Sengkang General Hospital
- Singapore General Hospital
- Singapore National Eye Centre
- Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Private Hospitals/Medical Institutions
- Concord International Hospital
- Farrer Park Hospital
- Gleneagles Hospital
- Mount Alvernia Hospital
- Mount Elizabeth Hospital
- Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
- Parkway East Hospital
- Raffles Hospital
- Thomson Medical Centre
Q:How long would it take to request for the IncomeShield LOG?A:
The Hospital administrators will assist to make the request on your behalf. If successful, the IncomeShield LOG will be issued to the hospital on the same day.
Q:With the issued IncomeShield LOG, would it mean that no deposit is required?A:
The hospital reserves the right to collect a partial or a full deposit of the bill or accept the issued IncomeShield LOG only for the waiver of the initial deposit. Following are some other situations where a deposit will be required:
- The total of the IncomeShield LOG amount and the estimated CPF Medisave withdrawal amount is insufficient to cover the required deposit;
- The IncomeShield policy is unable to provide coverage for the hospitalisation or day surgery;
- Ineligible claims or ineligible items or medical services that are excluded and/or are not part of the treatment; please refer to the policy contract for details.
Q:How to request for the IncomeShield LOG?A:
You may approach the participating hospitals' administrators for assistance, they will assist to request for the IncomeShield LOG on your behalf. In order to activate the IncomeShield LOG, you will need to accept the IncomeShield LOG terms, authorise the CPF Medisave withdrawal and sign the Medical Claims Authorisation Form (MCAF).
IncomeShield – Deductibles
Q:What is the deductible?A:
The deductible is the amount that you will need to pay first before any claim is payable.
Q:If I need to be hospitalised, which type of hospital should I be admitted to?A:
You are encouraged to attend financial counselling for a better understanding on the costs involved for your upcoming hospitalisation stay and take note of your plan coverage in order to make an informed choice. You can contact your insurance adviser if you need further advice.
Q: What is my entitled ward class?A:
You can refer to the following table for your ward entitlement based on the plan type that you have purchased. This is to ensure that your policy coverage under your IncomeShield plan is better able to meet the expenses for your corresponding ward.
Plan Type  Ward Type Corresponding Deductibles IncomeShield Plan P Standard room in Private Hospital, excluding suites $3,500 IncomeShield Plan A Restructured Hospital for Ward Class A $3,500 IncomeShield Plan B Restructured Hospital for Ward Class B1 $2,500 IncomeShield Plan C Restructured Hospital for Ward Class B2 and below $2,000 & $1,500
- For further plan details, please refer to the Policy Contract
Q: If I have taken up IncomeShield Plan B where my entitlement is ward class B1 and below, can I choose to stay in ward class C?A:
Yes, you can choose to stay in ward class C and we will apply the deductible of ward class C to your claim. We will use the benefits of your IncomeShield Plan B to process the claimable amount.
You are covered under IncomeShield Plan B and stay in ward class C. The benefits used to process the claimable amount will be that of IncomeShield Plan B and the deductible applicable is $1,500.
Q:If I have taken up IncomeShield Plan B where my entitlement is ward class B1 and below, can I choose to stay in ward class A?A:
Yes, you can and your hospitalisation claim will still be processed according to the benefits under the IncomeShield Plan B as specified in the policy contract.
Q:I am on IncomeShield Plan B and stayed in ward class C during my first admission. Can I choose to stay in ward class B1 for my next admission?A:
Yes, you can do so. You should note that if you stayed in a lower ward class (hence entitled to a lower deductible) for the first admission but choose to upgrade to a higher ward class on your second admission (within the same policy year), the difference of the two deductibles will apply for the second claim only.
Claimable amount Ward Class Deductible applied Co-insurance Applied Net amount paid First Admission $3000 Ward Class C $1,500 $150 $1,350 Second Admission $3,000 Ward Class B2 $500 ($2,000 - $1,500) $250 $2,250 Third Admission $3,000 Ward Class B2 $0 $300 $2,700
Q: Who can I contact if I require further assistance?A:
You can contact your insurance adviser or email your enquiry to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can call our customer service officers at 6332 1133.
IncomeShield - Recovery
Q:Why is Income recovering claims paid out from my IncomeShield plan?A:
For Medisave-approved integrated medical insurance plans, other insurers providing similar medical coverage are required to refund the amounts paid out under the individual's IncomeShield plan.
Q:Why is Income paying my claim first when I have other insurance cover?A:
For all Medisave-approved integrated medical insurance plans, the hospitals/clinics will submit the claims for medical expenses incurred via the MediClaim System (administered by CPF Board) directly to the insurer. Hence, Income pays the claims first.
Your IncomeShield plan is an integrated plan if your payment mode is either Medisave or Cash Integrated, subject to MediShield Life eligibility criteria. You may refer to your policy contract or renewal schedule to check if your plan is integrated.
Q:What are the benefits of a successful recovery of claims paid out from my other medical insurance plans?A:
By recovering claims from your employer or other medical plans, you will preserve the annual claimable limit under your IncomeShield plan and thus keep your premiums affordable in the long run. Furthermore, the other medical plans may cover any amount that is not claimable under your IncomeShield plan.
Q:How do I initiate a recovery from my employer and/or other insurer(s) for claims that were paid out under my IncomeShield plan?A:
You will need to check with your employer and/or other insurer(s) on their claim procedures and submit your claim to them.
Q:Why must I submit the claim to my employer and/or other insurer(s) myself, could Income help me to submit the claim?A:
Income will not be able to submit a medical claim for you as the contract is between you and your employer and/or other insurer(s).
Q:I am covered by my employer for medical expenses but I do not know who the insurer is. What should I do?A:
You can check with your HR Department on the details of your employer's medical insurance policy and submit your claim to them according to their claim procedures.
Q:My employer does not pay for my medical bills, but I have a personal accident/travel/medical insurance policy(s). Should I claim from my personal insurance policy(s) too?A:
Yes, you should claim from your personal accident/travel/medical insurance policy(s).
Q:I will be claiming from my employer and/or my personal insurance policy(s) first. If there are still amounts not paid by my employer and/or other insurer(s), could I inform the hospital to re-submit my claim under my IncomeShield plan?A:
Yes, you have to inform the hospital of your intention to claim from your employer and/or other insurer(s) first. You will have to go back to the same hospital for re-submission of claims under your IncomeShield plan via the MediClaim System.
You will need to bring your employer and/or other insurer's claim settlement letter to the hospital and request the hospital to submit the claim electronically. The submission will be done at the hospital’s discretion according to their internal practices and you may be charged an administrative fee. Please check with the hospital for its internal claim submission procedures.
Q:The other insurer requires a medical report before assessing the claim and wants me to pay the fees. Can I claim the medical report fees from Income?A:
No, Income will not be able to reimburse you for the medical report fees.