$167m in subsidies given out last year under Chas scheme: Health minister Gan Kim Yong

Residents at the Chas Family Carnival in Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning.
Residents at the Chas Family Carnival in Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong being quizzed at a booth at the Chas Family Carnival at Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong being quizzed at a booth at the Chas Family Carnival at Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW
Exercise demonstration at Chas Family Carnival at Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning.
Exercise demonstration at Chas Family Carnival at Choa Chu Kang Community Club on Sunday morning.ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

SINGAPORE - A total of $167 million in subsidies was given out under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) last year, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Sunday (March 13).

Chas gives Pioneers and low- to middle-income Singaporeans subsidies at more than 1,500 participating GPs and dentists.

Last year alone, 650,000 Singaporeans benefited from the scheme, said Mr Gan.

Encouraging families to build strong relationships with their GPs, Mr Gan said in a speech that GPs can be trusted partners in their healthcare journey.

"As they know our family better, they are also able to take into consideration our family needs and risks and advise us better," he said, speaking at a carnival for families at Choa Chu Kang Community Club, organised by the Agency for Integrated Care.

There are now 19 chronic conditions covered under Chas, and the number of chronic patients covered by the scheme who sought care at Chas GPs rose to 160,000 last year, up from 107,000 in 2014.

Changes to the scheme in 2014 saw more people come under it, after the age criterion was removed, and CHAS benefits were extended to Pioneers.