About CHAS

FAQs for Pioneers

1. What subsidies will the Pioneer Generation receive under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?

Pioneers, regardless of income or housing type, will be able to benefit from the following special CHAS subsidies for common illnesses, chronic conditions under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), selected dental services, and recommended health screening under the Screen for Life programme. [Note: Coverage of conditions/services is the same as the current Blue Health Assist card.]  

The table below summarises the subsidies that Pioneers can receive.  

 

Subsidy Coverage 

Subsidy Amount 

Common Illnesses  

(e.g. cough and cold) 

Up to $28.50 subsidy per visit 

Chronic conditions under CDMP1 

Simple2 

Up to $90 subsidy per visit, capped at $360 per year 

Complex2 

Up to $135 subsidy per visit, capped at $540 per year 

Selected Dental Services 

Up to $21 to $266.50 subsidy per procedure 

(dependent on procedure) 

Recommended Health Screening under Screen for Life3 

Free with Screen for Life invitation letterfor recommended screening test(s) and first post-screening consultation, if required.    

 

The amount Pioneers pay will be based on the fees charged by the clinic, minus their CHAS subsidies. They may wish to check with their CHAS clinic on their fees before receiving treatment at each visit. 

 

1 These are Anxiety+, Asthma, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bipolar Disorder+, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Dementia, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Lipid Disorders, Major Depression+, Nephritis/Nephrosis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Schizophrenia+ and Stroke. +Only claimable at selected clinics. Please call the CHAS hotline 1800-275-2427 (1800-ASK-CHAS) for more information.  

2 “Simple” refers to visits for a single chronic condition. “Complex” refers to visits for multiple chronic conditions, or a single chronic condition with complication(s).
3
 This refers to screening for diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.
 

 

Please click here for more details on the dental subsidy rates.

 

2. Can a Pioneer Generation join CHAS now?  

Since 1 September 2014, Pioneers are able to enjoy PG CHAS subsidies under the Pioneer Generation Package.    

    

Pioneers who meet the CHAS eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for CHAS Blue/Orange. This is because if their application is successful, they can enjoy higher subsidies at Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) in the public hospitals.  They can pick up the CHAS application form at any Community Centres or Clubs (CCs) or Community Development Councils (CDC), Public Hospitals or Polyclinics, or download the application form here. Please fill in the CHAS application form and submit the relevant supporting documents (if any) to P.O. Box 680, Bukit Merah Central Post Office, Singapore 911536.  

    

 For more information, please contact the CHAS hotline at 1800-275-2427 (1800-ASK-CHAS).   

  

 3. When the Pioneers’ household applies for CHAS, do the Pioneers still need to indicate their details in the application form?

Yes, as the Pioneer is part of the household, they will need to include their details in the CHAS application form. 

 

 4. What is the difference between the Pioneer Generation card and the Health Assist card? 
 

CHAS provides subsidies for visits at participating CHAS GP and dental clinics. Only Singapore Citizens who meet the CHAS eligibility criteria (based on income or Annual Value of their property) will qualify for the Blue or Orange Health Assist card. The cards are typically valid for two years. With the Health Assist card, they can get subsidies at CHAS clinics, and higher subsidies at the Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) in the public hospitals.     

 On the other hand, every Pioneer, regardless of income or housing type, has a Pioneer Generation (PG) card. The PG card is valid for life. With the PG card, they can receive special subsidies at CHAS clinics, and an additional 50% off subsidised services and drugs at the Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) at Public Hospitals and Polyclinics. 

5. Do the Health Assist cards have a validity period? What should I do when my card expires? 

 

Health Assist cards typically have a validity period of two years unless otherwise indicated on the card. 

3 months before the card expires, each household will receive an invitation letter for renewal, along with a pre-filled renewal form. The form should be submitted with supporting documents (if any)1.            

If the household did not respond to the invitation letter, they will receive a reminder letter for renewal, 1 month before the card expires.              

1Foreigners are required to include clear copies of valid foreign identification documents (i.e. FIN card) and document(s) indicating the relationship to Main Applicant (e.g. marriage or birth certificate).            

           

 6. My household did not receive the invitation letter for renewal or the reminder letter. What should I do?          

  1. Pick up a CHAS application form at any Public Hospital, Polyclinic, Community Centre and Club (CC) or Community Development Council (CDC). Alternatively, you can download the application form here.            
  2. Complete the form with all necessary signatures.           
  3. Mail out the completed form with supporting documents (if any).          

      

Please note that only one application form is required for each household.          

Your application will be processed within 15 working days from receipt of the completed form with the necessary supporting documents.          

 7. For a Pioneer who currently holds the blue or orange Health Assist card, which card should the Pioneer bring along when visiting the CHAS clinic after they have received the Pioneer Generation card? 
 

The special CHAS subsidies under the Pioneer Generation Package have been effective since 1 September 2014. Pioneers should bring their Pioneer Generation card when visiting a CHAS clinic – they do not need to bring the Health Assist card. 

For subsidised screening, Pioneers should also bring along their individual letter from the Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommending them to go for specific health screening tests. Upon receiving the letter, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with your preferred CHAS GP. On the appointment date, please present the letter, your NRIC and Health Assist/PG/PA* card to qualify for the subsidised rate. 

 

*Eligible Public Assistance (PA) card holders will receive the same subsidies as PG cardholders i.e. no need for co-payment.