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Family members who are 40 years and below in households where Singaporeans are already holding the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card will be automatically included into the scheme from 1 January 2014.
SINGAPORE: Family members who are 40 years and below in households where Singaporeans are already holding the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card will be automatically included into the scheme from 1 January 2014.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said they will receive their CHAS cards from 26 December 2013 onwards.
As for younger households who only meet the revised criteria now, they can start applying for the scheme.
Mr Gan was replying to a question in Parliament by MP for West Coast GRC Foo Mee Har who asked the Minister for Health if he can provide more details on the qualification and inclusion of Singaporeans under the age of 40 years in the CHAS.
Ms Foo also asked whether the qualification can be simplified by using a pre-approval process in order to bring those who need help onto the scheme as quickly as possible.
Mr Gan said each household will only need to submit one application form, which is available at Restructured Hospitals, Polyclinics, Community Centres and Clubs (CCs) or Community Development Councils (CDCs) and on the CHAS website.
He said the Health Ministry will also work with grassroots organisations to reach out to needy households in the community to help them apply for the scheme.
The CHAS allows Singaporeans of all ages in lower and middle- income households to access subsidised care at private General Practitioner (GP) and dental clinics near their homes.