Aussie doctor faces scrutiny over high costs of 'miracle' ops

Patients resort to crowdfunding to pay fees, sparking debate on medical bills in Australia

Brain surgeon Charlie Teo, whose parents are from Singapore, is feted by many for his procedures, which cost as much as A$120,000 (S$112,350).
Brain surgeon Charlie Teo, whose parents are from Singapore, is feted by many for his procedures, which cost as much as A$120,000 (S$112,350). PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Australian brain surgeon Charlie Teo is one of the country's most prominent doctors, known for his "miracle" interventions.

The son of Singaporean immigrants is often described as "controversial" or a "cowboy" because of his minimally invasive approach to brain surgery and his insistence on operating on patients deemed inoperable by other doctors. He is feted by many of his patients and their families.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2019, with the headline 'Aussie doc faces scrutiny over high costs of 'miracle' ops'. Subscribe