Commentary

Think through subsidy issue of patients with Chas card referred for polyclinic tests

Holders of Chas cards have been means-tested to qualify for subsidies when they are treated in the private sector.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

It sounds as if something is amiss when patients with the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) card, which entitles them to government subsidies at private GP and dental clinics, are charged private rates when those same clinics refer them to a polyclinic for tests.

Was this a considered decision or an oversight that has become entrenched?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2019, with the headline 'Think through subsidy issue of Chas patients referred for polyclinic tests'. Subscribe