We thank Ms Betty Ho Peck Woon for her letter (Why consider employer CPF contribution in Chas application?; Feb 15).
To qualify for the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas), applicants must have a household monthly income per person of $1,800 and below. For those without household income, the Annual Value of their home must be $21,000 and below.
The household monthly income per person is calculated by dividing the total gross household monthly income by the number of family members living at the same NRIC-registered address. The gross income includes bonuses, overtime pay, allowances, cash awards and commissions. It does not include employers' Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions.
We have contacted Ms Ho to apologise for the miscommunication over the Chas hotline, clarify her case and assist with the Chas application in view of her latest circumstances. We have also taken corrective action to ensure that the Chas hotline team provide accurate information regarding the application criteria.
Applicants can use the Household Monthly Income Per Person Calculator found on www.chas.sg to assess if they might be eligible for Chas. Members of the public can also call 1800-275-2427 if they have any queries about Chas.
Lim Bee Khim (Ms)
Ministry of Health