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    Dec 02, 2014

    Dentist's Medisave approval suspended over claims

    A DENTIST will have his Medisave accreditation suspended by the Health Ministry (MOH) next year.

    Sng Wee Hock repeatedly submitted inflated claims for surgical procedures that were different from the actual procedures he performed.

    This is the first case in which a doctor or dentist has had his Medisave accreditation suspended since the Medisave scheme was launched in 1984. Doctors and dentists, and their clinics, need to be Medisave-accredited in order for their patients to use Medisave for their treatment.

    Dr Sng currently practises at two Medisave-accredited clinics at Punggol Field and Hougang under WH Dental Surgeons. He owns a third clinic at Serangoon North, which is not Medisave-accredited.

    With the suspension, Dr Sng can continue to practise as a dentist, but treatment and surgical procedures done by him from Jan 1 to June 30 next year will not be eligible for Medisave claims. Other dentists at the two clinics can still make Medisave claims for their treatment.

    In a statement yesterday, MOH said it has asked Dr Sng and both clinics to inform his patients that they will not be able to make Medisave claims for his treatment.

    It said that it will work with Dr Sng to ensure that his non-compliant claims will be rectified, and the monies paid under these claims are returned to the Medisave accounts for the affected Central Provident Fund members.

    MOH added that Dr Sng had been issued a letter of probation in February for multiple submissions of non-compliant Medisave claims. He was given a 12-month probation period, during which he submitted more than two of such claims, leading to the suspension.