SINGAPORE: Since the expansion of the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) last January, the number of participating General Practitioner (GP) and dental clinics has increased to 541 and 295 respectively.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong provided this update in a written Parliamentary reply to Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam.
He added that his ministry's aim is to have a good geographical spread of these clinics, especially in areas less well-served by polyclinics.
All HDB towns have at least 40 per cent of their clinics on CHAS, with the exception of Bishan and Kallang/Whampoa.
There are 16 CHAS clinics in Bishan and and 39 in Kallang/Whampoa respectively, and residents in these two HDB towns also have access to subsidised care at polyclinics in the neighbouring towns of Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Geylang, which are located less than two kilometres away.
Mr Gan added that the aim is to reach out to another 100 GP clinics and 50 dental clinics by the end of the year, bringing the number of CHAS clinics to close to half of all GP and dental clinics. - CNA/ms
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