CHAS (Community Health Assist Scheme) subsidies are available in Singapore to help lower-income households access essential healthcare services. If you are eligible for CHAS subsidies, you can receive subsidies for certain medical and dental services at participating clinics. Here are 10 common questions about CHAS subsidies answered.
1. Who is eligible for CHAS subsidies?
To be eligible for CHAS subsidies, you must be a Singapore citizen and your household’s monthly income must be within the CHAS income criteria, and you must not already receive government subsidies for your medical expenses.
2. What medical services are covered by CHAS subsidies?
CHAS subsidies cover consultations at general practitioner clinics, selected dental services, and selected chronic disease management services. Some common medical conditions covered under CHAS subsidies include diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
3. What dental services are covered by CHAS subsidies?
CHAS subsidies cover basic dental services such as fillings, extractions, and scaling and polishing. More complex dental procedures such as root canal treatment and braces are not covered.
4. How much subsidy can I receive under CHAS?
The amount of subsidy you can receive under CHAS depends on your household’s income and the type of service you are receiving. For example, you can receive up to $28.50 subsidy for a consultation with a CHAS GP clinic.
5. How do I apply for CHAS subsidies?
You can apply for CHAS subsidies online.
6. How long does it take for my CHAS application to be processed?
It typically takes up to 10 working days for your CHAS application to be processed. You will receive an SMS notification once your application has been approved.
7. Can I use my CHAS subsidies at any clinic?
No, you can only use your CHAS subsidies at participating clinics. You can check the list of participating clinics on the CHAS website.
8. Do I need to make an appointment to use my CHAS subsidies?
It is recommended that you make an appointment at a participating clinic before using your CHAS subsidies. This will ensure that the clinic has the necessary information to process your subsidy.
9. How long are my CHAS subsidies valid for?
Your CHAS subsidies are usually valid for two years from the date of issue. You will need to reapply for CHAS subsidies every year if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
10. Can I use my MediSave to pay for services covered under CHAS subsidies?
For patients with chronic conditions, CHAS complements the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), which allows for MediSave to be used for outpatient treatment (for the same set of chronic conditions) covered under CHAS. Besides enjoying CHAS subsidies for the treatment of their chronic conditions, patients can also tap on their MediSave to defray part of the cost of these treatments. Moreover, you can use your MediSave to pay for services that are not covered under CHAS subsidies, such as hospitalization fees.
CHAS subsidies are a valuable resource for lower-income households in Singapore who need access to essential healthcare services. If you are eligible for CHAS subsidies, it’s important to understand the services covered, the amount of subsidy you can receive, and how to apply. By taking advantage of CHAS subsidies, you can receive the care you need without worrying about the financial burden. If you have any further questions about CHAS subsidies, be sure to speak to a CHAS clinic or visit the CHAS website for more information.