Orchard dental clinic to be taken off Chas – The Straits Times

A dental clinic in the Orchard area will be removed from the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) after it was found to have made numerous improper claims for government subsidies.

These claims made by Jesselton Dental Centre at Pacific Plaza exceeded the allowed limit for Chas subsidies and were not accompanied by proper supporting documentation, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday. “Audits on Jesselton Dental Centre conducted in late 2018 to 2019 revealed severe non-compliance,” it said.

Of the over 200 claims for Chas subsidies from the clinic that were audited, about 96 per cent were found to be non-compliant, said the ministry.

The termination was issued on Dec 10 and will take effect from Saturday. MOH advised affected patients to visit other nearby Chas-accredited dental clinics instead.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a Jesselton Dental Centre spokesman said yesterday that the claims were made by an administrative staff and a member of the clinic’s management team between 2017 and 2018.

Both of them were let go immediately after they were found to have made the claims. “We are working alongside the authorities to remedy the situation. Our patients always come first,” the spokesman said.

MOH said it was informed in April by the clinic in Scotts Road that its ownership and licensee had changed hands from Resilient Healthcare Group to Alliance Management Group.