According to the Ministry of Health's guidelines, there are two patient classifications:
Patients will be classified as first visit patients if:
Patients have been discharged, or
Auto-discharged from private or subsided patient class after the lapse of 24 months from date of last visit
Non-named referral letter from:- Restructured Hospital with SOC subsidised payment status, discharged inpatient class B2+, B2, C or A&E- SAF- Polyclinic- GPs participating in CHAS1
Auto-discharged from private or subsided patient class after the lapse of 24 months from date of last visit.
Private rate applies when your first visit is via:
Self-referral or walk-in
Referral letter from:- General Practitioner (GP)- Private hospital- Restructured hospital with SOC private payment status or discharged inpatient
Class A or B1- Polyclinic with named specialist
1 GPs participating in CHAS can make subsidised referrals for Health Assist cardholders to specialist outpatient clinics (SOCs) which are located at Public Hospitals when necessary. Health Assist cardholders must bring along their Health Assist card and NRIC for verification, in addition to the CHAS Cover Note for subsidised specialist outpatient care at Public Hospitals and referral letter from their CHAS GP.
With effect from 1 Sept 2014, the Health Assist card can be used to enjoy more subsidies at public hospital SOCs. Please click
here for more information. If patients indicate that they would like to see a specific doctor, they will be charged at prevailing private rates.
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