CHAS is a scheme that enables lower- and middle-income Singaporeans, aged 40 and above or disabled*, to receive subsidies for medical care for chronic conditions and/or common illnesses as well as dental services at participating private General Practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics near their homes. Singaporeans who qualify for CHAS will receive a Health Assist card.
*Disability is defined as being unable to do any of the following six activities of daily living (ADLs) without assistance: washing/bathing, toileting, transferring, feeding, dressing and mobility.
The following persons are eligible for CHAS:Singapore citizens aged 40 and above, or disabled (i.e. unable to do any of the following six activities of daily living (ADLs) without assistance: washing/bathing, toileting, transferring, feeding, dressing, and/or mobility without assistance); and meet the following income criteria:• Per capita household monthly income is $1,800 or below for economically active households; or• Annual Value (AV) of residence as reflected on NRICs is $13,000 or below for economically inactive households.All family members (related by blood or marriage) living at the same address as the main applicant, as reflected on their NRICs, should include their details on the same application form as the main applicant. Their income would contribute towards the household’s per capita monthly income.Members who are on Public Assistance (PA) scheme will also be eligible for CHAS subsidies.
CHAS covers the following:• Common medical illnesses e.g. cold, cough, fever• 10 chronic conditions under the Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP):
- Diabetes - Hypertension (High blood pressure)- Lipid Disorders (e.g. High cholesterol)- Stroke - Asthma - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Major Depression - Schizophrenia- Dementia- Bipolar Disorder
• Dental services e.g.dentures, root canal treatments and crowning.
There are 2 tiers of subsidy under CHAS, depending on the per capita household monthly income level of the cardholder.
CHAS Subsidy Tiers
Chronic conditionsunder CDMP
For those with per capitahousehold monthly income of $1,100 and below; ORHouseholds with noincome will be assessedby the Annual Value oftheir residence,which should be $13,000*and below
vUp to $18.50 per visit
vUp to $80 per visitSubject to annual cap^:Simple Chronic (Tier 1)- Up to $320 per calendar yearComplex Chronic (Tier 2) - Up to $480 per calendar year
vUp to $256.50per procedureper year
For those with per capitahousehold monthly incomeabove $1,100 but less than or equal to $1,800
vUp to $50 per visitSubject to annual cap^:Simple Chronic (Tier 1)- Up to $200 per calendar yearComplex Chronic (Tier 2)- Up to $300 per calendar year
vUp to $170.50 per procedureper year for selecteddental procedures(dentures, crowns, root canal treatment only)
vUp to $256.50per procedureper year
Explanatory Notes:* AV is the estimated annual rent of your property if it were to be rented out.^ Per year limit is dependent on the severity of patient’s chronic condition. Tier 1 patients have single disease, while Tier 2 patients have more than one chronic disease or disease(s) with complications
Why is there a need for 2 subsidy tiers?
Why is the per capita household monthly income cut-off set at $1,800 per household?
How can I find out more about the enhancements to CHAS that was recently announced at the National Day Rally 2013?
For more information on the enhancement to CHAS that was recently announced at the National Day Rally 2013, please visit www.moh.gov.sg/ndr