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What is Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?

Background of Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)

The Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) was started in 2000 by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Back then, the scheme was created to provide needy elderly and/or disabled Singaporeans with better access to primary healthcare by bringing affordable services closer to them. To do so, MOH engaged private general practitioners (GPs) and dentists to provide common outpatient medical and dental treatment to these patients at subsidised charges.

These patients were issued the Community Medical Benefits (CMB) cards. Singaporeans who were under the Public Assistance (PA) scheme were also automatically eligible for treatment under the scheme.

In 2009, the scheme was extended to cover more chronic conditions as well. With the extension, these patients could receive evidence-based treatment for both their acute and chronic diseases+ from the same GP.

 

What is Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?

From January 2012, the scheme is enhanced with the broadening of eligibility criteria and the creation of 2 subsidy tiers. The qualifying age is lowered from 65 years old to 40 years old and the income criteria is raised from $800 to $1,500 per capita monthly household income. The 2 subsidy tiers created are the CHAS Subsidy Blue Tier and Orange Tier.

With the enhancement on 15 January 2012, CHAS aims to provide accessible and affordable primary care services to more Singaporeans. CHAS covers selected dental treatment, acute conditions and chronic diseases covered under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP). 

Patients who qualify for CHAS receive subsidies when they visit a CHAS accredited clinic for their healthcare needs. CHAS complements CDMP which enables patients to use their Medisave for outpatient treatment of the chronic conditions. Patients are expected to co-pay for their treatment under CHAS.

With CHAS and other initiatives to come, we are another step closer to fulfilling our nation’s vision of “One Family Physician for every Singaporean”.

CHAS has been further enhanced from 1 Sep 2013 onwards. Please see the MOH press release for more information.

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The Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) is a scheme by the Ministry of Health (MOH) that enables Singapore Citizens from lower- and middle- income households, and all Pioneers, to receive subsidies for medical and dental care at participating CHAS General Practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics near their homes.

Singapore Citizens who qualify for CHAS will receive either an individual blue or orange CHAS card. CHAS cardholders will also enjoy subsidised referrals to Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) located at Public Hospitals or National Dental Centre when required.

For patients with chronic conditions, CHAS complements the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), which allows for Medisave to be used for outpatient treatment (for the same set of chronic conditions) covered under CHAS. Besides enjoying CHAS subsidies for treatment of their chronic conditions, patients can also tap on their Medisave to defray part of the cost of these treatments. The Medisave withdrawal limit is $500 per Medisave account, per year.

All Singapore Citizens (regardless of age) who meet the household monthly income per person of $1,800 and below can qualify for CHAS.
For instance, a family of four living at the same address with a total gross household monthly income of $7,200 (household monthly income per person is $7,200 ÷ 4 = $1,800) will qualify for CHAS, provided that they are all Singapore Citizens.

With CHAS, we are another step closer to fulfilling our nation’s vision of “One Family Physician for every Singaporean”.

From 1 November 2019, CHAS will be extended to cover all Singapore Citizens for chronic conditions to allow more Singaporeans to benefit from more affordable chronic care at participating CHAS GP clinics, and to enable greater anchoring of chronic care in the community. All Merdeka Generation seniors will also receive special subsidies for medical and dental care at CHAS GP and dental clinics. CHAS Green and MG cardholders will also enjoy subsidised referrals to Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) located at Public Hospitals.