SINGAPORE - Dental subsidies under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) will be tweaked later this year.
From Nov 1, about 500,000 Singaporeans born from 1950 to 1959 will qualify for Chas dental and medical subsidies under the Merdeka Generation Package. These subsidies will be higher than those given to people who have been means-tested and hold the Blue or Orange Chas cards.
Holders of the Blue card receive a higher subsidy than Orange card holders.
Dentists will also be able to offer patients the option of amalgam and the more expensive tooth-coloured fillings from November, with both receiving the same amount of subsidy.
While amalgam fillings currently qualify for a lower subsidy, the price of tooth-coloured fillings has come down and is now only slightly dearer than amalgam.
There will also be changes covering dentures.
Chas now subsidises treatment for up to two upper and two lower dentures every three years.
But this will change to one upper and one lower every three years, with no change in the amount subsidised.
This is because dentures usually lasts three to five years. However, someone who loses an additional tooth can receive a subsidy to have it added to an existing denture.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the tweaks are to align with changes in prices and practices.
In 2018, a total of $64 million was given out for dental care under Chas, which gives patients government subsidies for treatments at private medical and dental clinics.