Chas subsidies at specialist outpatient clinics only for those receiving subsidised services

Banners explaining the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) at Blk 56, New Upper Changi Road. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
Banners explaining the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) at Blk 56, New Upper Changi Road. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 

SINGAPORE - There are 850,000 people on the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas), including 150,000 Pioneer Generation members, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor on Friday morning.

And by next week, 300,000 more pioneers will come on board the scheme as their Pioneer Generation cards kick in, allowing them to enjoy special healthcare subsidies regardless of income level.

"In fact, a doctor has actually told me that some pioneers have already called up to pre-book appointments for September," Dr Khor said.

She was speaking to reporters at a visit to Chas GPs and dental clinics in Tanah Merah.

However, Dr Khor stressed that Chas subsidies at specialist outpatient clinics (SOCs) are only applicable for those receiving subsidised services - even for the pioneer generation.

Those seeking subsidised care should get referrals from a polyclinic doctor or - if they are a Chas card holder or have a Pioneer Generation Card - a GP on the Chas scheme.

She added that Pioneer Generation members who wish to get even higher subsidies at SOCs should apply for the Chas card if they qualify.