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Primary Care Partnership Scheme
There are currently 18 polyclinics located all over Singapore. They provide affordable primary healthcare to Singaporeans.
However, there are some Singaporeans who may not find it as convenient to get to these Polyclinics. For these Singaporeans, the Ministry of Health hopes to bring affordable healthcare closer to them through the Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS).
Under the PCPS scheme, participating private general practioners (GP) and dentists provide common outpatient medical and dental treatment at polyclinic-level charges.
To qualify for PCPS, you must be either:
- Currently under the Public Assistance Scheme; or
- A Singapore citizen who is 65 years old aor above, and with a per capita household income of $700 and below; or
- A Singapore citizen who is disabled (i.e. unable to perform at least one of the 6 activities of daily living (ADLs) such as washing/bathing; feeding; toileting; transferring; dressing; and mobility), and with a capita household income of $700 and below.
If you meet at least one of the conditions above, you can apply for PCPS by completing an application form, available at any Community Centre/Club (CC) or Community Development Council (CDC) under People’s Association (PA). You need to submit supporting documents such as:
- Your NRIC and copies of your family member’s NRIC
- Proof of your and your family members’ income such as latest pay slip, IRAS or CPF statements, or letters from employers
- Documentary proof of other sources of income such as rental payment from tenants etc
If you have a disability, PA will refer to you to an MOH-accredited disability assessor for a disability assessment, upon certification by PA that you have met the income criterion. The disability assessor will evaluate your ability to perform the ADLs and submit his evaluation to PA directly. You will have to bear the cost of disability assessment.
The list of Accredited Assessors and the disability assessment form will be given to you by your CDC upon certification that you have met the income criterion. You can find the list of Accredited Assessors on the MOH website
If your application is successful, your CDC will mail you a Community Medical Benefit Card. You start using this card at participating GP and dental clinics for subsidized primary care services.
You have to produce the card together with your NRIC at participating GP clinics and dental clinics.
The following medical and dental services are covered under the scheme:
Common Medical Illnesses
- Cough, cold and flu
- Sore eyes
- Abdominal pain/piles
- Urinary tract infection
- Simple skin problems e.g. Infections, rash, pimples
- Menstrual problems
- Muscle, bone and joint pains
Basic Dental Services
- Curettage, infected socket
- Soft liner
- Topical fluoride