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When the haze descends on Singapore, the Ministry of Health may activate the Haze Subsidy Scheme, which will then be available at all polyclinics and Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC). Here are some questions you may be asking about it.
Update: The Haze Subsidy Scheme is currently not being offered until further notice.
2. How will I know when I can claim for my treatment under the Haze Subsidy Scheme?
The MOH will inform you of the availability of the scheme through the mass media. If in doubt, please also check with the participating PHPC when going there for treatment.
3. Am I eligible for the subsidy under the Haze Subsidy Scheme?
The following groups of Singapore citizens are eligible for the scheme:
i) All Singaporean children (aged 18 and below) and elderly (aged 65 and above)
ii) Singaporeans who are on any of the following schemes:
a. Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)
b. Public Assistance (PA)
c. Medical Fee Exemption Card (MFEC)
d. Medical Fee Assistance Card (MFAC); and
e. Pioneer Generation (PG)
iii) Singaporeans who earn a monthly individual income of $1,800 and below (averaged over the last six months), based on self-declaration using the form. This sum is based on gross income and includes basic income, overtime pay, allowances, cash awards, commissions and bonuses.
4. My average monthly income over the last six months is less than $1,800, but I do not have a Health Assist card. Am I still eligible for the subsidy?
Yes, you can declare your eligibility using the self-declaration form (available at participating clinics).
5. How will I know if I qualify for the scheme under the children and elderly category?
Children are eligible for the subsidy before their 19th birthday. The elderly are eligible for the haze subsidy after their 65th birthday.
6. What do I need to bring to the clinic to avail of the haze subsidy?
Please bring your NRIC and Health Assist/PG card when going to a participating clinic for treatment due to haze.
7. What haze-related conditions are covered?
The conditions are allergic rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and upper respiratory tract infections (URTI).
8. How much subsidy am I eligible for?
If you are eligible for the Haze Subsidy Scheme, you will need to pay no more than $10 at participating clinics for haze-related conditions. If you are a Pioneer, you will need to pay no more than $5. If you are a PA card holder, you will not need to make any out-of-pocket payment.
9. Can I receive haze subsidies for every visit if I need to visit my family doctor more than once?
If you need to visit your doctor more than once during the haze period, your doctor will assess on a case-by-case basis whether the condition being consulted for is haze-related. If it is, you will still be eligible for the subsidy under the Haze Subsidy, CHAS or PG Package.
10. Are blue and orange Health Assist and PG card holders entitled to the subsidy?
Yes, they can claim for haze subsidies in place of claims for treatment under CHAS.
11. Will I be eligible for the haze subsidy if part/whole of my medical bill can be reimbursed under my company’s medical benefits?
You are still eligible for the haze subsidy as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. The remainder of the bill after subtracting the haze subsidy can be covered in part or in whole by company medical benefits depending on your company’s medical benefit policy.
12. Can I get masks from the doctor’s clinic? Is this covered under the Haze Subsidy Scheme?
N95 masks are not covered under the Haze Subsidy Scheme. Generally-healthy individuals do not need to use the N95 masks when they are outdoors. N95 masks are not needed for short exposure, e.g. commuting from home to school or work, travel from the bus stop to the shopping mall, etc. The dangers of the haze are outdoors, so masks are not needed indoors. N95 masks are available at major pharmacies and supermarkets such as Unity, Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage and Fairprice.
13. Where can I go if I need further clarification on the Haze Subsidy Scheme?
You can visit the MOH website for updates on the haze situation and the scheme. You can contact the MOH General Info Line on 6325 9220 during office hours or email MOH_INFO@moh.gov.sg if you need further clarifications on the scheme.
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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