Over­seas den­tal grad­u­ates hit with B1m bill to qual­ify

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Over­seas den­tistry grad­u­ates who re­turn to work in Thai­land are cry­ing foul over the cost of ob­tain­ing their pro­fes­sional li­cence, which this year is nearly ten times more ex­pen­sive than last at 1.1 mil­lion baht.

The new rate, posted on the Den­tal Coun­cil web­site for the Nov 25 to Dec 6 ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod, has raised ques­tions from both stu­dents and par­ents as it is so hugely in­flated from last year’s 120,000baht fee.

“We don’t want to op­pose the Den­tal Coun­cil, but we need to un­der­stand the rea­son and find a so­lu­tion,” Cha­ran Won­sawat, one of the af­fected stu­dents’ par­ents, said yes­ter­day as he sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to the Se­nate com­mit­tee on public health for help.

Deputy com­mit­tee chair­man Dr Chaloem­chai Bun­yaliphan ac­cepted the pe­ti­tion and promised to look into it.

The Den­tal Coun­cil yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment in re­sponse to the out­cry.

The coun­cil, which ac­cred­its li­cences for den­tists, ex­plained that the new rate re­flects the ac­tual cost of equip­ment, man­power and time spent pre­par­ing over­seas grad­u­ates to meet Thai­land Den­tal Coun­cil stan­dards.

The ex­am­i­na­tion process is not just a one-time sit­ting, it ex­plained. Part of the process re­quires grad­u­ates un­dergo a year long train­ing and as­sess­ment course, which alone costs 320,000 baht, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil’s state­ment.

The Den­tal Coun­cil ex­plained that it re­quires over­seas grad­u­ates to at­tend these ses­sions be­fore sit­ting their ex­ams.

It also added that man­power and fa­cil­i­ties are in short sup­ply for pro­vid­ing the spe­cial­ist train­ing that the over­seas grad­u­ates re­quire.

The Den­tal Coun­cil has con­vened a meet­ing to dis­cuss the is­sues raised by the changes to its pric­ing struc­ture on Dec 12.

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