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Recommended screening tests subsidised to detect diseases early

We refer to Mr Zhu Qin Kun’s letter (“请允许动用保健储蓄健康检查, 25 Nov).

We agree with Mr Zhu that health screening is key in detecting disease early and can help reduce downstream hospitalisation costs. The Health Promotion Board’s Screen-for-Life (SFL) programme offers eligible Singaporeans subsidised screening tests for chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, selected cancers) that are appropriate for their age and gender.

These screening tests have been selected based on the recommendations of the Screening Test Review Committee (STRC). The STRC’s recommendations are based on robust international and local scientific evidence to ensure that they are safe, suitable and cost-effective in detecting the condition screened for at a population level.

The SFL subsidies ensure that the out-of-pocket costs for recommended screening tests are affordable. Under this programme, eligible Singaporeans will pay no more than $5 at participating General Practitioners’ clinics under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) for cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer screening tests, which covers both the screening and the first follow-up consultation (if required). CHAS Blue and Orange cardholders and Merdeka Generation cardholders will pay only $2, and Pioneer Generation cardholders will not need to pay.

Those aged 60 and above may use their MediSave for SFL screenings. MediSave may also be used for colonoscopy screenings where recommended, and mammogram screenings for females aged 50 and above.

We will continue to review our healthcare financing policies to ensure that they remain relevant and adequate for Singaporeans.

Teh Shi-Hua (Ms)

Director (Subvention)

Healthcare Finance Division

Ministry of Health

受津贴体检计划 有助尽早发现疾病



这些健康检查是根据身体检查检讨委员会(Screening Test Review Committee,简称STRC)的建议选定的。STRC的建议是基于可靠的国际和本地科学证据,确保全民体检能以安全、合适和具成本效益的方式检测疾病。





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