Make itemised receipts at Chas clinics mandatory

It appears that irregularities at clinics on the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) are on the rise ("More clinics under probe for possible cheating"; yesterday).

In order to minimise the chances of malpractice at these clinics, the Ministry of Health should make it mandatory for all clinics on Chas to issue patients with receipts detailing a breakdown of each procedure and the subsidies given. This should similarly be applied to all medications dispensed. With such receipts, patients can easily see whether the details are correct.

Currently, some clinics on Chas do not even issue any receipt to the patients.

I have friends who tell me they go for regular medical appointments at clinics but are told they have utilised the approved amount of subsidies as early as the middle of the year.

With itemised receipts, errant medical and dental practitioners will be kept in check, and all doubts and suspicions can be put to rest.

Andrew Seow Chwee Guan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'Make itemised receipts at Chas clinics mandatory'. Print Edition | Subscribe