COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSIST SCHEME (CHAS) SUBSIDY FOR THE PIONEER GENERATION

The Government has introduced the Pioneer Generation Package to honour and thank our Pioneers for their hard work and dedication. About 450,000 Singapore Citizens will benefit from the Pioneer Generation Package, which will help our Pioneers with their healthcare costs for life.

2.            One key component of the Pioneer Generation Package is to help our Pioneers receive quality primary care at a network of more than 1,000 CHAS GP and dental clinics near their homes. This way, long-term relationships can be built between our Pioneers and their trusted doctors in their neighbourhoods.

3.            From 1 September 2014, all Pioneers will be able to benefit from special CHAS subsidies for common illnesses, chronic conditions under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), selected dental services, and health screening recommended by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) under its Integrated Screening Programme (ISP)[1]. Refer to Table 1 for further information on CHAS subsidies for the Pioneer Generation, vis-à-vis the Blue and Orange subsidy tiers.

Table 1: Special CHAS Subsidies for the Pioneer Generation

 

CHAS Blue

CHAS Orange

CHAS for Pioneer Generation

Eligibility Criteria

 

Household monthly income per person

$1,100 and below

$1,101 to $1,800

Not applicable

Annual Value (AV) of residence (only for households with no income)

$13,000 and below

$13,001 to $21,000

CHAS Subsidies

 

Common illnesses

(e.g. cough and cold)

$18.50 per visit

Not applicable

$28.50 per visit

Chronic conditions under CDMP1

Simple2

$80 per visit,

capped at $320 per year

$50 per visit,

capped at $200 per year

$90 per visit, capped at $360 per year

Complex2

$120 per visit,

capped at $480 per year

$75 per visit,

capped at $300 per year

$135 per visit, capped at $540 per year

Selected dental services

$11 to $256.50 per procedure (dependent on procedure)

$65.50 to $170.50 per procedure

(for crowning, denture & root canal treatments only)

$21 to $266.50 per procedure

(dependent on procedure)

Health screening under HPB’s ISP3

Screening test: Free with HPB’s invitation letter; and

Doctor’s consultation: $18.50 per visit

(up to 2 times per year)

Screening tests: Free with HPB’s invitation letter; and

Doctor’s consultation: $28.50 per visit

(up to 2 times per year)

1 These are Diabetes, Hypertension, Lipid Disorders, Stroke, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder, Osteoarthritis, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Anxiety, Parkinson’s Disease, and Nephritis/Nephrosis.

2 “Simple” refers to visits for a single chronic condition. “Complex” refers to visits for multiple chronic conditions, or a single chronic condition with complication(s). 

3 This includes screening for hypertension, diabetes, lipid disorders, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.

4.            As with all CHAS beneficiaries, Pioneers who are assessed to require specialist care can be referred by the CHAS clinics to Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) in the public institutions. They can be referred as subsidised patients.

5.            To receive the above benefits, Pioneers are required to bring their Pioneer Generation card and NRIC when visiting a CHAS clinic. Every Pioneer will be issued an individual Pioneer Generation card, which will automatically be sent to his/her NRIC-registered address by September 2014.

[1] The conditions covered for the Pioneer Generation are the same as those for the blue Health Assist cardholders.  However, the subsidy rates for Pioneers are higher.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

17 MAY 2014

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