Tag Archives: CHAS

IS CHAS CARDS ANY USE IF MAJORITY DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT?

I was somewhat puzzled by the above statistics, as it would appear that about 615,000 (1.3 million – 685,000) Singaporeans with Chas cards did not go to see a medical or dental clinic at all in the whole of last year. Since as I understand it – the patient’s net bill after the Chas subsidy at a private clinic may be even lower than at a polyclinic – the figure seemed even more puzzling. Well, the answer may lie in the fact that Chas Orange card holders do not get any subsidy at all for “common illnesses (e..g. cough and cold)”. For dental care – there is no subsidy for 11 (the most common) out of the 19 dental procedures for Chas orange card holders.

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF DENTAL SUBSIDIES IF IT DOESN’T COVER MOST DENTAL PROCEDURES?

Although the Ministry of Health provides subsidies for pioneers like Mr Tan to get treated at private dental clinics, these do not cover specialist periodontic treatment. Dr Ang said the claim amount for gum treatment is equivalent to scaling, which is $40 up to twice a year. Said Mr Tan: “I am angry. What is the point of giving pioneers cheap and good medical and dental care with such long waiting times?” As to subsidies from the Community Health Assist and Pioneer Generation schemes for poorer patients – there is no subsidy for 11 (the most common) out of the 19 dental procedures for Chas orange card holders.

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WHY DID HOSPITAL CHARGE ME SAME RATE AS EMERGENCY CASE WHEN I HAVE REFERRAL LETTER?

I brought my son to consult a polyclinic doctor on Tuesday, 13 December. The doctor then gave us a referral letter to KK hospital A & E department for a non emergency appointment. Armed with the referral letter, I then took him to KK hospital A & E department the next day afternoon for non-emergency treatment. When I register my son for the consultation, I was shocked when I was told to pay $109 for the doctor consultation fee under the same rate as an emergency case or walk-in case even though I told the staff there that my son was under polyclinic doctor referral letter, under non-emergency case and a CHAS member.

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PAP GOVT SNEAKILY REDUCED CHAS & PG BENEFITS AFTER ELECTIONS, 154 MEDIA KEEPS SILENT

I went to see my dentist recently and was informed that the government has sneakily reduced the CHAS/PG benefits given to all Singaporeans. Actually expected after getting a big mandate from the recent election. Previously there was no limit on how many consultations, fillings, extractions, crowns or root canal treatment. This has been changed. They will now only subsidise 6 fillings, 4 extractions, 2 consultations, 4 crowns and 2 root canal treatments. Now denture is 1 every 3 years. This drastic reduction is subsidy was totally not reported at all by the mainstream media. I hope you can help educate the ignorant public, thinking that they govt will look after their healthcare needs.

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WHY SOME PIONEERS ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE PIONEER GENERATION & CHAS MEDICAL CARDS

Many Chas holders belong to the Pioneer generation and there was full of high expectation on 1st September for this group because they were told of the benefits they are going to get when they receive the Pioneer card. It was all over the media and TV. So many postponed their clinic appointments to September to take advantage of the Pioneer card. Many clinics were packed on that September day with many pioneer generation patients. Pioneer card holders have higher subsidy per visit and higher limit of use per year than Chas card holders. Then came the disappointment. On 1st September many pioneers have their high expectations dampened when they discovered that the value of the Pioneer card was not what they had expected?

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