Mercer Study Reveals 3% Of Singapore's Employee Health And Benefit Plans Cover Pregnancies And Births

A new study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting found that of the 1,800 benefit plans of 1,000 Mercer clients, 3% were found to cover medical expenses related to maternity, raising the question if perhaps employers can do more to support

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A new study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting found that of the 1,800 benefit plans of 1,000 Mercer clients, 3% were found to cover medical expenses related to maternity, raising the question if perhaps employers can do more to support the government’s current pro-family maternity scheme.

The study is the first comprehensive health and benefits study conducted in the region.

“We didn’t realize at the time was that we would be uncovering some interesting trends relating to maternity, including the fact that as far as doing their part to provide support in medical benefits in maternity and support birth rates in Singapore, technology companies lead the way with 41% of IT companies providing coverage for maternity expenses, followed by professional services companies at 15%, and banking at 11%,” said Kelvin Chan, business leader for Mercer’s health and benefit practice in Singapore.

Out of the 3% of the plans that covered maternity related medical expenses, almost 50% of the companies offered insurance covered benefits, while the other half of the companies offered self-insured benefits, the survey found.

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