Health screening for $5? Why not
From 1 September 2017, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above can get tested for diabetes, high blood and cholesterol levels and cervical for $5 at most, at the 950 Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) clinics across the island.
Those older than 50 can also get tested for colorectal cancer at no extra cost.
Without the subsidy, these tests would cost between $70 and $100.
Pioneers can get tested for free, while Chas card holders will pay $2.
Younger Singaporeans, aged between 18 and 39, are also eligible for testing if they are at risk of these chronic diseases.
Subsidised tests can be done every three years, and the rates cover both the screening and a consultation if required.
This was announced by Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat in Parliament on Thursday (March 9) during the debate on the ministry’s Budget.
Many people here are not aware that they have chronic ailments until complications set in.
Said Mr Chee: “Early detection and intervention are important in preventing diabetes and managing the disease.”
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