Patients who are treated at private hospitals can use MediShield Life and Medisave to pay their bills (Ensuring access to public healthcare, Oct 24; and Can patients go to any hospital in an emergency?, by Mr Frank Yeo Yong Chong, Oct 26).
There could be exceptional cases where a patient, due to factors beyond his or her control, is admitted to a private hospital due to an emergency and is unable to transfer to a public hospital for subsidised care.
On a case-by-case basis, the Health Ministry will work with the private hospitals to help Singaporeans facing such situations, taking into account their financial needs.
Lim Siok Peng (Ms)
Director, Corporate Communications
Ministry of Health