Benefits for Pioneers at Subsidised Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOCs) in Public Hospitals

BENEFITS FOR PIONEERS

AT SUBSIDISED SPECIALIST OUTPATIENT CLINICS (SOCs) IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS

 

The Government has introduced the Pioneer Generation (PG) Package to honour and thank our pioneers for their hard work and dedication.  The PG Package will help Pioneers with their healthcare costs for life:

 

i)                    Annual Medisave top-ups of between $200 to $800 (beginning July 2014);

ii)                  Subsidised outpatient care at polyclinics and SOCs (September 2014);

iii)                 Support for MediShield Life Premiums with special premium subsidies (late 2015).

 

 

From 1 September 2014, all Pioneers can receive an additional 50% off for subsidised services at the subsidised SOCs.  Here are some FAQs for Pioneers who are looking to benefit from the additional subsidies.

 

 

Q1) What is the difference between patients from subsidised SOCs and private SOCs?

 

SUBSIDISED Patients

PRIVATE Patients

Receive treatment at subsidised SOCs at public hospitals Receive treatment at private hospital or public hospital private SOC
No choice of doctor Able to choose your doctor
From 1 Sep 2014: Receive additional 50% off forsubsidised services at subsidised SOCs

 

From 1 Jan 2015: Receive additional 50% off forsubsidised drugs

Receive NO subsidies

(regardless of PG status or Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card holder)

 

 

 

 

Q2) How do I receive treatment at the subsidised SOCs?

 

NEW Patients

CURRENT Patients

If you are not yet a patient at the public hospital SOC, visit a doctor at a polyclinic or a CHAS clinic.

 

Your doctor will refer you to the subsidised SOC where a team of healthcare professionals will provide care for you.

If you are currently a patient at a public hospitalprivate SOC, you may approach the SOC staff for assistance on switching to the subsidised SOC.

 

 


Q3) Is there additional financial help available for Pioneers at subsidised SOCs?

 

Pioneers who need additional financial help would be able to enjoy higher subsidies for subsidised SOC services through the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).  Please refer to Annex A for some examples.

 

Type of
CHAS Card

Criteria

on household income per person

Subsidy for subsidised SOC services

Pioneer Generation Card

TOTAL SUBSIDY RECEIVED

(From 1 Sep 2014)

Blue CHAS Card Up to $1,100

70%

Additional 50% off subsidised services

85%

Orange CHAS Card Between $1,100 – $1,800

60%

80%

No CHAS Card more than $1,800

50%

75%

 

 

Q4) How do I qualify for the CHAS card?

 

Pioneers without CHAS Card

Pioneers with Blue/ Orange CHAS Card

You may approach SOC or polyclinic staff for help.

 

Application forms are also available at Public Hospitals, Polyclinics, Community Centres/Clubs or Community Development Councils.

 

Visit www.chas.sg for more information

Renew your CHAS card once every two yearsto continue to enjoy CHAS subsidies in addition to your PG subsidies.

 

If you are unsure of your whether you have been assessed before, you can call 1800-650-6060 to check

 

 

Q4) What cards do I need to bring along when I visit the doctor at the SOC?

 

  • ·         When visiting a subsidised SOC or polyclinic, remember to bring along your CHAS card and PG card
  • ·         Do not worry if you forget to bring your PG card to the subsidised SOC or polyclinic, as your information will be in the computer system.