Health Ministry publishes total operation fees for 65 common procedures

The total operation fees for 65 common procedures will be published by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on its website from Monday. These procedures account for more than two-thirds of all procedure-related admissions. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The total operation fees for 65 common procedures will be published by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on its website from Monday. These procedures account for more than two-thirds of all procedure-related admissions. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The total operation fees for 65 common procedures will be published by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on its website from Monday. These procedures account for more than two-thirds of all procedure-related admissions.

The move to make known these figures is aimed at providing additional transparency and to help patients make informed decisions and allow market forces to work more efficiently, MOH said in a statement. (http://bit.ly/1ujHIau

Since 2003, the Ministry of Health has been publishing total hospital bill size data for the top medical conditions on MOH's website. Starting with public sector hospitals, the website now features data for both public and private sector hospitals. The data is updated monthly, and has been well received as it helps both patients and healthcare providers to compare prices.

With this new publication of total operation fees, "the Ministry of Health is providing additional transparency on the hospital bill component attributed to the cost of performing the surgery," the ministry said.

As with the publication of total hospital bill sizes, MOH will begin by publishing information on the amounts charged at public sector hospitals under this component for common procedures.

This will provide more information to empower patients to make informed decisions, and allow market forces to work more efficiently.

The data published are for common procedures treated in the public sector hospitals, as defined by the updated Table of Surgical Procedures (TOSP) which took effect for patients admitted for surgeries from Jan 1.