(Delivered in Parliament on 11 February 2019)
The bill before us aims to regulate and professionalise further the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine （TCM） in Singapore. It does so through tightening existing disciplinary processes and implementing new mandatory Continuing Education requirements.
The enhancement of professional standards that this bill aims to bring about is welcome.
As TCM practice grows more regulated and professional, I urge the Ministry not to spare complementary efforts to integrate TCM into our healthcare system, to the fullest extent warranted by existing evidence of efficacy and also safety. Since 2013, the Ministry has provided $8 million dollars in funding for collaborative research projects between researchers and practitioners in TCM and in our universities and hospitals. As these projects and also research and trials undertaken elsewhere in the world lead to increased adoption of TCM in our healthcare, I hope complementary changes can then also be considered with a view to making the benefits of regulated and professional TCM more easily available to Singaporeans. Such as the provision of subsidies for TCM treatment under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) or Pioneer Generation Scheme (PG), the increased scope for payment in Medisave funds for TCM items, or the recognition of medical certificates (MCs) issued by TCM practitioners.