1 Feb 2017
No change in dental charges, DG responds to viral ‘circular’
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there will be no changes in fees paid by Malaysians for outpatient dental procedures at government clinics.
This negates an alleged Health Ministry circular which stated that dental procedure charges would increase exponentially starting March 1.
“Outpatient charges as it is today will remain but (the receipt) will show the actual cost patients would have to pay (without subsidy),” he added.
At present, Noor Hisham said Malaysians referred directly from the private sector are charged as if they are warded in Class 1 of public hospitals.
“We are reviewing this,” he added.
In his earlier statement, the director-general said the new charges would apply to those who can afford Class 1 and Class 2 wards.
Noor Hisham told Malaysiakini he has since removed that portion of his statement to avoid confusion.
This comes after Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam assured that the poor would not be affected by hikes in ward charges.
Huge hike in dental charges at government clinics?
Patients who used to pay RM1 to RM2 may have to pay RM15 to extract a tooth and RM25 for a filling from March.
PETALING JAYA: Ouch, this is going to hurt.
Come next month, government dental clinics will charge much more for dental services.
According to an internal circular spotted by FMT, tooth extraction will no longer cost RM1, but RM15.
Tooth fillings, which cost RM2, will go up to RM25.
Scaling, which used to cost RM2, will cost RM55.
The circular, dated Jan 26, states that the revised fees for dental services will take effect in March.
Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, in a statement today, said Malaysians would continue to enjoy highly subsidised healthcare.
He said only the medical fees for first and second class ward patients had been revised. This was because there had not been a fee revision for a long time.
Third class patients would continue to receive free medical care.