20 December 2010

MediFund and the Poor

The Medical Endowment Fund, or Medifund, assists needy citizens who are unable to pay their medical bills.  During the 12 months ended 31 March 2010:
  • There were 364,681 applications for assistance for outpatient attendance and 47,334 applications for assistance for inpatient stay.
  • The quantum of assistance is determined after means testing, and averaged $89 and $1,029 for outpatient attendance and inpatient stay, respectively.
  • Medifund paid the entire bills (after the applicant had exhausted all his / her other means of payment) in 92 per cent of applications.

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Note: MediFund annual reports

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