SINGAPORE: The Jesselton Dental Center will be removed from the Community Health Assistance Program (CHAS) on January 16, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Wednesday (January 13).
Audits of the Pacific Plaza clinic in 2018 and 2019 found “serious non-compliances,” including inappropriate grant applications without proper supporting documentation and claims exceeding the allowable limit, the ministry said.
“The Ministry of Health was informed on April 27, 2020 that the ownership and licensee of Jesselton Dental Center has been transferred from Resilient Healthcare Group Pte Ltd to Alliance Management Group Pte Ltd.
“This termination of Resilient Healthcare Group Pte Ltd as a licensee, coupled with the extent of the Jesselton Dental Center’s non-compliance, necessitated the termination of the CHAS clinic. The Department of Health will continue to investigate the clinic even with the change in ownership.
While this means the clinic will no longer be allowed to apply for CHAS grants on behalf of its patients, the ministry will allow it to continue operating as long as its dentists hold valid registration and practice certificates from the Singapore Dental Council. .
The Ministry of Health said it has received a new request for CHAS accreditation from Alliance Management Group, owner and licensee of the clinic, and is evaluating the request.
“The Department of Health has a serious view of these flawed practices and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where appropriate, including the referral of stray healthcare professionals to their respective professional boards,” said the ministry.