Community Health Assist Scheme — a subsidized GP and Dental Care at your neighbourhood

From 15 Janu­ary 2012, Min­istry of Health (MOH) star­ted the Com­munity Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)  so that needy patients can receive sub­sid­ised treat­ment at Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­ers (GPs) and dent­al clin­ics near their homes.

Clin­ics registered under the scheme have partnered with MOH to provide com­mon out­pa­tient med­ic­al treat­ments and basic dent­al ser­vices for this group of patients. The scheme will also cov­er treat­ment for the 10 chron­ic dis­eases cur­rently covered under the Chron­ic Dis­ease Man­age­ment Pro­gramme. The 10 dis­eases are Dia­betes Mel­litus (DM), Hyper­ten­sion (High blood pres­sure), Lip­id Dis­orders (e.g. High cho­les­ter­ol), stroke, asthma, COPD, schizo­phrenia, major depres­sion, demen­tia and bipolar dis­order.

The qual­i­fy­ing cri­ter­i­as are for

1) Singa­por­ean who are 40 years old and above, and the per cap­ita monthly house­hold income is $1500 and below; OR

2) Singa­por­ean who is dis­abled i.e. unable to per­form at least one of the 6 activ­it­ies of daily liv­ing (ADLs) such as washing/bathing; feed­ing; toi­let­ing; trans­fer­ring; dress­ing; and mobil­ity and with a per cap­ita monthly house­hold income of $1500 and below; OR

3) Singa­por­ean who is on the Pub­lic Assist­ance Scheme.

Per cap­ita monthly house­hold income is derived by tak­ing the total house­hold income divided by the num­ber of per­sons in the house­hold.

You can obtain the applic­a­tion form at any Restruc­tured Hos­pit­al, Poly­clin­ic, Com­munity Centre and Club (CC) or Com­munity Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (CDC).

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