Singapore: Singlife and Doctor Anywhere introduce health plan for gig workers

| 23 Apr 2024

Singlife has partnered with Doctor Anywhere, a local tech-driven healthcare firm, to launch a new health subscription plan aimed at self-employed individuals, including gig workers.

The plan, named DA Healthwise Plus, is designed to provide affordable healthcare options and accident coverage which has been notably absent for many freelancers and contract workers such as ride-hailing and food delivery drivers. 

Singlife’s research indicates that a staggering 53% of gig workers lack any form of insurance to protect against accidents and potential income loss. 

DA Healthwise Plus is designed to offer services similar to the ones corporate employees have access to in a bid to enhance the financial and health security of this vital workforce segment.

Members of DA Healthwise Plus benefit from affordable access to general practitioners, with consultations available for S$13 (US$9.55) at over 300 partner clinics across Singapore or online through the Doctor Anywhere app. 

The plan also includes group personal accident coverage, offering financial protection for unforeseen injuries, with benefits like daily hospital income of up to S$80 for up to 30 days.  Additionally, members can access specialist video consultations starting at S$70 for a 45-minute session across various disciplines, including cardiology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, mental health therapy, and nutrition & fitness counselling. 

The introduction of DA Healthwise Plus is expected to benefit approximately 310,000 self-employed individuals in Singapore, reported Fintech News.

Mr Varun Mittal, Head of Innovation & Ecosystem, Singlife said, “We are thrilled to partner with Doctor Anywhere. This collaboration is a cornerstone of our Wellness XP offerings designed specifically for Singapore’s gig workers.

“By integrating insurance with outpatient plans, we aim to make essential healthcare services and financial protection readily accessible to this community.”

Mr Kenneth Low, Vice President Commercial & Operations, Doctor Anywhere said, “We’re filling a crucial gap for gig workers and self-employed individuals – providing them with the peace of mind they’ve been lacking regarding their health and financial security.    

“Together, we aim to empower them with the support necessary to thrive in their work.”