Singaporeans welcome Merdeka package, say it will help defray healthcare costs

The Merdeka Generation Package, which covers Singaporeans born in the 1950s, provides them with enhanced Chas subsidies regardless of income.
The Merdeka Generation Package, which covers Singaporeans born in the 1950s, provides them with enhanced Chas subsidies regardless of income.ST PHOTO: JOSEPH CHUA

SINGAPORE - While she was not eligible previously, Mrs Kwan Sook Kun, who turns 60 in October, will soon benefit from the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas).

With Chas, the housewife can enjoy subsidised rates for medical and dental care, at participating general practice (GP) and dental clinics. "I'll be able to save quite a bit on healthcare expenses, such as on my twice-a-year visit to the dentist," she said.

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