Fewer patients used Chas subsidies in past 2 years

The Community Health Assist Scheme allows patients to go to their own private GP clinics and still get subsidised care.
The Community Health Assist Scheme allows patients to go to their own private GP clinics and still get subsidised care.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Fewer people have been using the government subsidy for treatment at private general practice (GP) and dental clinics in the past two years.

The amount given out under the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) fell from a peak of $169 million in 2016 to $152 million last year, with 55,000 fewer people using it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'Fewer patients used Chas subsidies in past 2 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe