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Changi General Hospital offers $50 discount to emergency patients who see GPs first

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:01 PM
Photo showing patients waiting outside the consultation rooms at the Accident & Emergency Department at Changi General Hospital. Hit by a severe bed crunch that has patients waiting in a tent for a hospital bed, Changi General Hospital is offering a 50 per cent discount at its emergency department for patients who see a general practitioner first. -- PHOTO: BH

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.

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