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Updated: 04/20/2013 23:23 | By Channel NewsAsia

Health Minister pledges to ensure dental healthcare remains affordable

Health Minister pledges to ensure dental healthcare remains affordable


Health Minister pledges to ensure dental healthcare remains affordable

SINGAPORE: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said his ministry will continue to ensure that dental healthcare remains affordable and accessible to all Singaporeans.

He said he was heartened to learn that Singapore's Dental Association is working with the Agency for Integrated Care on the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), which allows Singaporeans to seek subsidised treatment at private dental clinics.

Mr Gan said: "The list of dental treatments covered by CHAS has been expanded to include more tertiary dental procedures, such as crowns, dentures and root canal treatment.

“This could help reduce waiting times at our public hospitals and polyclinics, as eligible patients can enjoy government subsidy even if they are treated at the participating dental clinics. This would bring about greater convenience for Singaporeans."

Mr Gan launched "Know-Your-Mouth" website on Saturday at the Singapore's Dental Association's 75th anniversary gala dinner.

The online portal is a directory of dental services with explanations of the different dental treatments available.

It serves as a guide for people to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and hygiene. - CNA/ck

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