30 Jul '17, 8am

Subsidies terminated for mom with cancer after she raised S$900,000 in donations

A single mother battling stage four ovarian cancer cannot rely on medical and social assistance subsidy schemes after raising S$900,000 in donations. Tam Chek Ming, 46, made the news in April 2017 after she made a crowdfunding appeal saying she had to fight her cancer to stay alive for her five-year-old son. Advertisement This is the first publicly known case where financial aid has been revoked as a result of the recipient being able to raise funds. Tam was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015. Her cancer progressed from Stage 1 to 4 despite chemotherapy. Her medical bills were subsidised by Medifund for the past two years. Medifund is a social safety net to help poor Singaporeans unable to pay their medical bills even after subsidies, insurance, Medisave and cash payments. Tam then appealed via crowdfunding pages Give.asia and Generosity and has raised S$771,692 and US$...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/07/subsidies-terminated-for-mom...

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