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CHAS patients to be limited to 24 requests for common diseases per year

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Patients participating in the community health care scheme (CHAS) will, as of next year, be limited to a maximum of 24 annual visits to clinics for common illnesses, such as colds.

The Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that the move aims to improve the sustainability of the scheme, which allows low- and middle-income citizens to receive subsidies for their medical and dental care at participating clinics. .

Currently, there is no annual limit to the total number of requests a patient can make for acute illness, although one patient is limited to four requests per clinic per month.

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The new threshold is unlikely to affect most CHAS patients, with 99.5% of them having fewer than 24 visits per year in clinics, the Health Ministry said, adding that the measure could prevent patients from going to clinics.

Patients who need to do more than 24 visits a year can make an appeal through their CHAS clinics, the Health Ministry added.

"One of the reasons we are reinforcing CHAS's grant framework is that, in addition to looking at affordability, we are also analyzing the sustainability of the grant," said Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, who announced the changes in one media. event at Jurong Polyclinic.

Dr. Lam added that patients who make frequent visits to clinics may require specialized care.

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There will also be changes in dental coverage under CHAS.

Complaint limits for the fill-in will be standardized at S $ 30 for simple procedures and S $ 50 for complexes for holders of the blue CHAS card, whose monthly household income per person is $ 1,100.

For the Pioneer Generation, the subsidies will be $ 10 more for each category. The amendments will take effect on November 1.

In addition, MOH also said that Merdeka Generation will receive higher dental benefits than CHAS blue card holders for services such as root canal treatment, polishing, and relining and repair of dentures.

Best practices and the utilization rate for different procedures were taken into account in the changes in dental benefits, said Dr. Lam.

In addition, changes have been made to simplify the CHAS registration process. As of August, candidates will only require the signature of a person from a family, rather than signatures of all members.

Starting in September, Singaporeans can also apply for CHAS online with their SingPass.

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