CHAS is eligible to Singaporeans aged 40 and above who meet certain requirements. Read on to find out what the requirements are and how to begin the application process.
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Who qualifies for CHAS?
To be eligible for the subsidies under the Community Health Assist Scheme or CHAS, you must be Singaporean, aged 40 and above or disabled, and meet the following criteria:
- Have a per capita household monthly income of $1,500 or less; OR
- The annual value of your home is $13,000 and below for households with no income.
Disability is measured by an inability to do any of the six activities of daily living without assistance – washing/bathing, using the toilet, getting in and out of a wheelchair, feeding, dressing, and/or mobility.
All family members (related by blood, marriage and/or legal adoption) living at the same address as the main applicant, as reflected on their NRICs, must include their details on the same application form as the main applicant. Their income will be included when calculating the household’s per capita monthly income.
How do I apply for CHAS?
- Get a CHAS application form at any restructured hospital, polyclinic, Community Centre or Club, or Community Development Council, or download it from chas.sg. Submit the completed form with clear copies of NRICs (front and back) of the main applicant and all family members, and/or clear copies of birth certificates of family members below 15 years of age who do not have NRICs.
- A Functional Assessment Report will be mailed to you if you meet the income criteria. Take the report with you and go for a disability assessment by any Singapore Medical Council-registered doctor or GP who is on the preferred list of medical practitioners. After you have been assessed on the six activities of daily living, mail the completed Functional Assessment Report back to the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) at PO Box 680 Bukit Merah Central Post Office, Singapore 911536.
- If your application is successful, you will receive either a blue or orange Health Assist card, depending on your per capita household monthly income level. All eligible family members within your household (i.e. have the same address as you on their NRICs) will be issued an individual Health Assist card each. The cards are valid for two years.
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