International Business & Economy Medical fees sharing outlawed finally

Medical fees sharing outlawed finally

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

By: Leong Sze Hian

I refer to the article “Doctors barred from paying percentage of fees to 3rd-party agents” (Today, Dec 14). It states that “some major TPAs here charge percentage fees and have done so for years, but what had doctors crying foul in recent months was a few players charging fees of up to 25 per cent of doctors’ professional fees — in some cases, for merely the “referral” of patients on a particular insurance scheme or panel.”

Another article on the same topic in The Straits Times “Doctors barred from paying agents percentage of fees” said Singapore Medical Council president Tan Ser Kiat “reminded doctors that their duty is to always place patients’ best interests above business or financial considerations.”

In this connection, in a reply to my letter “Give breakdown in medical bills” (Business Times, Apr 13, 2005) – the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) said “Mr Leong further claims that doctors may make excessive profits by marking up the cost of medicines and investigations, and receiving a typical referral fee.

- Advertisement -

The Singapore Medical Council’s (SMC) Ethical Code strictly prohibits fee-sharing and obtaining commissions from referrals, and the SMC has previously disciplined doctors for doing so.

This is a serious allegation and SMA would like to invite Mr Leong to inform us if he has any concrete examples of this happening. SMA will investigate and take the necessary action. Alternatively, Mr Leong can inform SMC directly.”

It is good now for the practice of giving or taking of referral fees or sharing of fees, to be finally outlawed, as it is a big step towards reining in rising medical costs .Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Local nurse says it is ‘sad, really sad to know’ that frontliners like himself are being blamed for the current Covid-19 outbreak

Singapore -- A local nurse took to social media with a heartbreaking tweet about frontline healthcare workers like himself being blamed for Covid-19 now after being cheered as heroes when the pandemic began last year. In a tweet which has since been...

Netizens upset with ST’s piece on people’s behaviour and Covid measures

Singapore—An article entitled “Behaviour of people holds key to success of Singapore's tighter Covid-19 measures” written by the Senior Heath Correspondent of The Straits Times has been met with unhappy reactions from netizens.   Ms Salma Khalik, whose piece was published on...

‘Stop the double standards,’ says PAB rider after seeing LTA officers let off an errant rider

Singapore – “PAB (power-assisted bicycle) rider doing food delivery? You’d better just dress like you look like an Aunty because LTA (Land Transport Authority) will not issue you a ticket,” said a member of the public after witnessing the authorities let...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent