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Overcharging of medical fees
09 Nov 2017 (14 views)


Dear Mr. Tan,

Recently a friend was warded in a private hospital 1 bedder for 2 days for a biopsy.

Can you guess the bill?

$30k out of which the doctor fee about $15k.

They even wanted him to stay another day he refused.

The above expenses are all covered by his insurance.

I am surprised that MOH and MAS allow the insurer to operate medical conscierge service to help policy holders in the medical needs.

To me, this is a rip off. I suspect that referral fees are being paid to somebody.

This is one of the many cases which explains why the premiums for integrated shield plans are escalating.

MOH does not carry out random or mandatory checks of medical bills. Instead of wasting money on all sorts of publicity drive, they can channel these funds to set up or engage a group of staff to ensure hospitals compliant with guidelines on reasonable fees.

MAS does not bother as they leave matters to MOH.

What is your view on how MOH and MAS should do to curb all these overcharging in the industry. It reflects bad on us being a medical hub in the region.

REPLY
I agree with your concern.
MAS and MOH should consider the approach adopted in Japan. Each year, their Ministry of Health negotiates with hospitals and doctors on the fees that can be charged for specified medical procedures. it will prevent the overcharging.


Overcharging of medical fees
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Dear Mr. Tan,

Recently a friend was warded in a private hospital 1 bedder for 2 days for a biopsy.

Can you guess the bill?

$30k out of which the doctor fee about $15k.

They even wanted him to stay another day he refused.

The above expenses are all covered by his insurance.

I am surprised that MOH and MAS allow the insurer to operate medical conscierge service to help policy holders in the medical needs.

To me, this is a rip off. I suspect that referral fees are being paid to somebody.

This is one of the many cases which explains why the premiums for integrated shield plans are escalating.

MOH does not carry out random or mandatory checks of medical bills. Instead of wasting money on all sorts of publicity drive, they can channel these funds to set up or engage a group of staff to ensure hospitals compliant with guidelines on reasonable fees.

MAS does not bother as they leave matters to MOH.

What is your view on how MOH and MAS should do to curb all these overcharging in the industry. It reflects bad on us being a medical hub in the region.

REPLY
I agree with your concern.
MAS and MOH should consider the approach adopted in Japan. Each year, their Ministry of Health negotiates with hospitals and doctors on the fees that can be charged for specified medical procedures. it will prevent the overcharging.