Allow polyclinic doctors to issue LPAs

My family doctor is accredited under the Office of the Public Guardian as a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) certificate issuer.

Recently, I called his clinic to find out the cost of certification. To my surprise, the clinic staff told me it would cost $120.

This is a rather exorbitant price.

Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has mentioned in Parliament that the LPA take-up rate is below expectations.

Could the high cost of certification be the reason?

No polyclinic doctor is listed as an accredited certificate issuer.

If polyclinic doctors could be added to the list, it would certainly bring down the high cost and spur more people to apply for an LPA.

Ong Teck Wan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2016, with the headline 'Allow polyclinic doctors to issue LPAs'. Print Edition | Subscribe