Department of Health warns public of fraudulent advertisements promising free government dental care services

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15th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Department of Health (DH) has raised concerns regarding fraudulent advertisements circulating on social media and online platforms, falsely claiming to offer free government dental care services. These deceptive ads bear the official logos of the DH and the Centre for Health Protection, asserting that the Government will provide cost-free dental care for individuals aged 6 to 70. The DH unequivocally stated that it has neither published nor authorized the dissemination of such advertisements, emphasizing that all statements made within them are entirely fabricated. The DH has taken swift action by reporting the matter to the Police.

Presently, the Government extends subsidies to the elderly for accessing private healthcare services, including dental care, through the Elderly Health Care Voucher program. Additionally, individuals facing financial hardship, particularly elderly persons, receive subsidies for dental services through initiatives like the Elderly Dental Assistance Programme, supported by the Community Care Fund, and the dental grant provided under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme. It is important to note that the Government offers free dental services exclusively for the management of dental emergencies within the public domain.