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Eligible civil servants in Singapore to receive S$500 annual benefit for 'wellbeing & growth' from 1 Oct 2024

Eligible civil servants in Singapore to receive S$500 annual benefit for 'wellbeing & growth' from 1 Oct 2024

Separately, the Public Service will raise the retirement and re-employment ages to 64 and 69 respectively from 1 July 2025, one year ahead of the national timeline.

Eligible Civil Service Officers in Singapore will receive a S$500 annual benefit which can be used flexibly to support their health, wellbeing, and individual growth from October 2024 onwards. 

Announced by Minister-in-Charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing on 10 July (Wednesday), the 'FlexiGrow' benefit is part of a few enhanced benefits the Public Service Division (PSD) will be putting into action over the next few months.

As part of these enhancements, all public officers will also be able to avail enhanced medical and dental benefits effective 1 January 2025, the Minister added. 

Details on the enhancements

FlexiGrow

This new S$500 annual benefit, available to elgibile officers, aims to empower them to take charge of their wellbeing and growth, the PSD said. These officers can use it flexibly based on their needs, such as for courses meant for personal development, and fitness programmes.

Enhanced medical and dental benefits

As shared by the PSD, these enhancements come following close consultation with the unions, and will also apply to re-employed officers and Statutory Board employees.

Under the current package, officers are able to get up to S$500 in outpatient medical subsidies annually, with outpatient expenses at private clinics/hospitals capped at S$20 subsidy per visit.

With the enhanced package, the per-visit cap for outpatient visits to private clinics/hospitals will be increased to S$50 from 1 January 2025. The PSD added that with this, officers eligible for Healthier SG can also better adhere to their personalised health plans with their registered Healthier SG clinic.

For dental expenses, officers can currently receive subsidies of up to S$120 per year. Effective 1 January 2025, this amount will be increased to S$250.

"We hope that the enhanced medical and dental benefits will encourage officers to proactively manage their health, in line with the national focus on preventive care", the PSD commented.

The table below shows a summary of the enhanced versus current medical and dental benefits:

BenefitCurrentEffective 1 January 2025
Medical (Outpatient)Cap of S$20 per visit for outpatient visits to private clinics/hospitals.

No per-visit caps for visits to public health institutions.

Overall subsidy of up to $500 per year.
Cap of S$50 per visit for outpatient visits to private clinics/hospitals.

No change for visits to public health institutions.

Overall subsidy of S$500 per year.
DentalUp to S$120 per year for both private and public clinics/hospitals.Up to S$250 per year for both private and public clinics/hospitals

Alongside these, the PSD shared that in efforts to support officers who wish to continue serving the country, the Public Service will raise the retirement and re-employment ages to 64 and 69 respectively from 1 July 2025, one year ahead of the national timeline.

"This is in recognition that with higher life expectancy, many older officers may wish to stay active, including being meaningfully engaged at work for longer in different ways", the Division said.


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