As a member of the pioneer generation, I am able to enjoy subsidised fees at dental clinics accredited by the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas).
I have also been able to stick to my regular dental clinic, which is part of the Healthway Medical Group, as it is Chas-accredited.
I was previously required to pay only a fee of $5 for scaling and polishing, which would normally cost $88.50.
However, on my recent visit, I was told that goods and services tax (GST) was being added to the fees, and that I would have to pay the GST on the full amount of $88.50.
Thus, I was invoiced for $5 in dental fees and $6.20 in GST.
Although this is still a substantial subsidy, I had always thought that one paid GST only on the final amount, and not on the unsubsidised portion.
It seems odd that the Government is willing to subsidise a large portion of the dental bill but not the GST.
Would the authorities care to comment on this?
Pang Kim Phong
This article was first published on May 23, 2015.
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