To provide convenient and affordable healthcare for needy elderly and disabled Singaporeans, the Ministry of Health (MOH) started the Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS) so that such needy patients can receive subsidised treatment at General Practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics near their homes.

Starting early 2012, the PCPS will be enhanced to help more Singaporeans seek early treatment for their chronic conditions.

The following enhanced criteria for PCPS will take effect in early 2012:

the current qualifying age for PCPS will be lowered from 65 to 40 years old.

The income criteria will also be raised from $800 to $1500 per capita monthly household income to benefit middle-low income Singaporeans.

These changes will enable these Singaporeans to better manage their chronic diseases early and avoid unnecessary complications later.
Under the enhanced PCPS, subsidy coverage will vary depending on the income level, as there are two benefit tiers under the expanded scheme (see Table 1).

 Table 1

PCPS Tiers Subsidy Received
Acute  Chronic conditions under the CDMP[1]  Dental 
A Income* ≤ $900Economically inactive households** with AV^ ≤ $13,000 $18.50 $80 (Previously $60)(Increase of annual cap from $320 to $480) Up to  $256.50
B(new tier) $901 < Income ≤ $1500 $50 Up to $170.50 for selected dental procedures

 Explanatory Notes:
* Income refers to per capita monthly household income. This is the total household income by the number of members in household.

** An economically inactive household refers to a household with no income.
^ An Annual Value (AV) less than $13,000 will include most HDB flats.