Changi General Hospital offers $50 discount to emergency patients who see GPs first
Faced with a busy emergency department that sees 400 to 500 patients a day, Changi General Hospital (CGH) is hoping to reduce the crowd by offering a $50 discount to patients who see a general practitioner (GP) first.
It launched the GPFirst scheme on Monday - in preparation for the traditional flood of patients during the Chinese New Year holidays.
More than 130 GPs in nearby areas like Pasir Ris and Bedok are part of the scheme. A referral from them is worth a $50 discount off the $100 emergency department fee.
Dr Muhammad Iqmal Abdullah, whose clinic at Bedok Central sees a fair number of factory workers, said companies tend to send their workers straight to CGH following an industrial accident.