Heng Swee Keat on...the worrying gap in health care

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat speaking to over 100 clan leaders who participated in a Our Singapore Conversation Dialogue.

SINGAPORE - Another worrying gap is in health care. Participants at times decried the system as unaffordable, but when Mr Heng asked if they knew of schemes to defray costs, like the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), they did not.

CHAS gives middle- and low-income Singaporeans subsidised treatment from private general practitioners and dentists, and access to some brand-name drugs for half the price.

"Therefore, one big takeaway I have is that the same things have to be repeated over and over again and we really need to do a better job of reaching out to fellow Singaporeans whenever we have important policy changes," he said.


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