Free TCM treatment at new Thong Chai clinics in Sengkang & Ang Mo Kio
Photo: Leong Wai Kit
Patients seeking free Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM treatment can now visit two new clinics at Sengkang and Ang Mo Kio.
The clinics are part of Thong Chai Medical Institution, which celebrates 145 years of providing free treatment to the public.
Currently, Thong Chai's clinics in Chin Swee Road see about 700 patients a day.
With the two new clinics, its team of 33 physicians can now see up to 1,000 patients per day.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who attended the institution's anniversary celebration today, says Thong Chai has played a vital complementary role in Singapore's national healthcare system.
"Even as we are building more restructured hospitals and community hospitals, there will still be a need for such complementary services as Singapore's population ages. These services will help Singaporeans, especially our older citizens, maintain a healthy and well-balanced life, and provide comfort and healing."
Thong Chai was set up as a charitable clinic in 1867, by migrants from China.
It provides services ranging from acupuncture to specialised treatments in infertility, oncology, diabetes and high-blood pressure.
The institution's yearly operating budget is around $3 million, which is raised through donations.
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