Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) information
What is the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?
The Community Health Assist Scheme
(CHAS), formerly known as the Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), is one of
the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s programmes to help provide accessible and
affordable primary care to Singaporeans.
Under CHAS, patients receive
subsidised outpatient medical treatments for acute and chronic conditions as
well as basic dental services at CHAS-accredited General Practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics
near their homes. These patients will also enjoy subsidised referrals to
specialist outpatient clinics when required.
For patients with chronic
conditions, CHAS works in conjunction with the Chronic Disease Management
Programme (CDMP) allowing Medisave usage for the outpatient treatment (of the
same set of chronic conditions) covered under CHAS. Besides enjoying CHAS subsidies for their
chronic disease treatments, the patient could also tap into their Medisave to
defray part of the cost of these treatments. The Medisave withdrawal limit is
$400 per Medisave account, per year.
series of enhancements to CHAS were announced by MOH in August 2013, majority
of which would be effective from 1 January 2014 except for the qualifying
income criterion, which will take immediate effect. For more information on the
benefits and eligibility for CHAS, please visit the CHAS portal (www.chas.sg) or MOH website (www.moh.gov.sg).
How do patients apply?
Patients can pick up a CHAS application form at any Restructured Hospital, Polyclinic, Community Centre and Club (CC) or Community Development Council (CDC). For more information, please log on to www.chas.sg.
Essential information for GPs
Since 1 July 2010, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics have ceased the following services:
- maid health screening
- occupational & industrial health screening
- pre-employment health screening
- work permit & employment pass health screening
- weight management