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Free TCM clinics take pulse of the heartland

Published on Sep 11, 2012 6:00 AM
Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution set up its first housing estate branch in Ang Mo Kio last month. Its centre in Sengkang will open on Friday. The three centres are expected to serve 1,000 patients a day. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

As growing numbers of patients seek Chinese medical treatment, one of the Republic's oldest charitable clinics has set up two new branches to make traditional remedies more accessible.

The move by the Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution, which offers free treatment, represents an unprecedented foray into the heartland.

Last month, it opened a branch in Ang Mo Kio, its first in a housing estate. On Friday, a second centre will be opened at the Sengkang Community Hub. It will be staffed by six physicians, including two acupuncturists.

Before the new branches were set up, the 145-year-old organisation operated solely from its centre at Chin Swee Road.

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