Allow pioneer subsidies for TCM treatments

Allow pioneer subsidies for TCM treatments
Some of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

I THANK the Government for recognising the contributions of the elderly through the Pioneer Generation Package; the subsidies that come with it have been very helpful.

Given the rising popularity of traditional Chinese medicine and its proven effectiveness, I appeal to the Government to allow TCM clinics registered with the TCM Practitioners Board to offer benefits under the pioneer package and the Community Health Assist Scheme.

For years, TCM has been a trusted source of treatment among the elderly. Some seniors tend to be less resistant to TCM, while declining treatment by Western medical practitioners for a variety of reasons, including fear of surgery and the language barrier.

TCM is known to complement Western medical treatment, and this is evident by how hospitals and medical institutions are incorporating TCM departments within their facilities.

In my case, I am receiving treatment at a polyclinic and specialist outpatient clinic, but I also go to a TCM clinic weekly. The TCM practitioner has been able to offer me treatment and advice to alleviate the side effects brought about by my medication.

However, the cost of consultation and medication for TCM is costly, especially when these are required on a regular basis.

I believe many senior citizens share my sentiments and hope for government-subsidised TCM treatments.

Ng Kum Leng

This article was first published on Oct 23, 2014.
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