Many welcome Merdeka package help to defray healthcare costs

But some who have chronic conditions worry that benefits won't be sufficient

The $6.1 billion Merdeka Generation Package, covering Singaporeans born in the 1950s, provides enhanced Community Health Assist Scheme subsidies regardless of income. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said it would provide nearly 500,000 Singaporeans w
The $6.1 billion Merdeka Generation Package, covering Singaporeans born in the 1950s, provides enhanced Community Health Assist Scheme subsidies regardless of income. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said it would provide nearly 500,000 Singaporeans with greater peace of mind over healthcare costs.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

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 and dental clinics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Many welcome Merdeka package help to defray healthcare costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe