Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data, ‘bad’ all missing?

I refer to the article “Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008” (Sunday Times, Oct 7).

It states that “The percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals here last year was lower than that for 2008. The proportion of foreigners among all inpatient and day surgery patients dropped to about 1.5 per cent. That figure was 2.4 per cent in 2008.”

One of the primary reasons why foreign patients in public hospitals have decreased in proportion to the total number of patients, compared to 2008, may be because  as I understand it – the policy was changed in October 2007, such that foreign patients who choose subsidised wards may have to pay as much as 5 times that of a Singaporean patient.

Don’t you find it rather strange that we are told only of the 2008 data to compare with now?

What about the percentage in the last year, last 3 and 5 years?

As to “Responding to queries from The Sunday Times, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: “Only a small proportion of the hospitals’ patients were brought in via contracted overseas service providers… The majority of patients they see are locals” – What is the percentage of foreign patients in the non-subsidised wards, instead of all wards?

What is the total sum of referral fees paid in the last year, last 3 and 5 years?

Also, why is there no answer to the following question asked?

“This is arguably even more ludicrous, given that the payment of referral fees to third parties has been barred since December 2016 (“Doctors barred from paying percentage of fees to 3rd-party agents”, Today, Dec 14, 2016)”?

After all, isn’t this arguably, in the public interest, and in line with the online falsehoods’ committee’s recommendation that the Government should give the reasons for decisions not to disclose information to the public, and to gain the trust of the public?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Hospitals’ foreign patients: Only ‘good’ data, ‘bad’ all missing?”

  • lying pap a bunch of S$m liars:

    when the top is crooked, the bottom cannot straight.

    when the top is master of fake news, can the lower be bearer of truth? cannot. rather, the bottom outdoes each other trying to impress the top that they also can fake news swee swee.

    after all, as long as top is happy, S$m loyalty perks guaranteed out of national coffer via indirect ways such as gic temasick.

    expecting a bunch of crooks to talk straight is as good as believing an INDIAN is milo malay or the pig is goat. WTF.

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  • Bapak:

    Why don’t they use 1965 data? No foreigner at all.

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  • LIONS:

    Why shud the GOVT BE IN THE BUDINE$$ OF MEDICAL TOURI$M WHEN it cannot even resolve many of the long queues n hospital bed crunch.

    Not only we have FTs,we now have to jostlr with FT-grannies n FT-grand dads?

    The way the govt is going about is wrong as it is TOTALLY $-CENTTIC n not CITIZEN-CENTRIC.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Leong Kor, the TRUE reason is the DROP of Arabs from UAE when they realised that they were CONNED and they disputed the Bills…they are now in Bankok and Germany where it is Cheaper & Better

    But then the govt will never tell that to you lah!!!

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  • LIONS:

    PLS REMOVE GST FOR BIG TIC HOSPITAL BILLS FOR OLDER AND JOBLESS SGS.

    ALREADY,THEY ARE BLEEDING THROUGH THE NOSE PAYING AND PAYING THEIR ‘OWN’ MEDICAL BILLS AS NO JOB MEANS NO COMPANY MEDICAL BENEFITS AS WELL.

    WHEN LEE AH LONG TAKES AWAY YOUR JOBS,HE ALSO TAKES AWAY YOUR MEDICAL BENEFITS.
    AND TO ADD SALT TO INJURY,HE TAXES YOU WHEN YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR OWN EXPENSIVE MEDICAL BILLS???

    STILL WANNA VOTE FOR THIS BETRAYER?

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  • clown pap S$2 AIM company:

    pap lies every time, all the time.

    in order to cover tracks, pap legislates the illegal into legal.

    when caught with pants down abuse parleement to ownself declare ownself innocent.

    when suing in court abuse power with contempt of court law which ensures no one dares to ask how come like that one because S$100,000 or 3 years jail or both is no joke to anyone, whether kiasi kiasu.

    if such abusers of power for political advantage and also for S$m can continue to govern then heaven has no eyes and life is not worth living in SGP.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Most of the medical tourists are not warded. They are outpatients.

    They see the doctor ahead of $G locals – that is why I had to wait 4 hours with my friend watching FT after FT going in and out and in and out….

    If anyone has to wait 4 hours to see a doctor and still vote pappies then they deserve to wait that long.

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  • TUCK WAN:

    The reason is the GOVERMENT Hospitals fees is almost the same as the Private Hospitals. Then why should non-citizens (no subsidy given) go to Goverment hospitals.

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