My 76-year-old mother-in-law, who holds a blue Health Assist card, was asked to renew it about two months ago.
As the Government has removed the age limits for the Community Health Assist Scheme, so that even young children can be included, my mother-in-law, who lives with her daughter and granddaughter, decided to apply as part of a family unit in the renewal form. She had previously applied for only herself under the old rules.
They would have qualified for the blue card, which covers common illnesses, under the income criterion. Instead, my mother-in-law's application was rejected because it was deemed a duplicate application, and her daughter and granddaughter received the orange card, which can be used only if the cardholder has chronic illnesses.
The Government should let all eligible pioneers and children have the blue card, so that they can enjoy the full subsidy.
Letter from Tiong Choon Hin
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