Address difference in charges across govt hospitals

I am astounded and shocked to read the report on the hospital bill (Visitor upset at host of extras in KKH bill; July 9).

All government hospitals, including KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Changi General Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, come under the Ministry of Health (MOH).

I am quite puzzled by the differences in their medical bills.

Would it not be much better for MOH to streamline prices and come up with a set of uniform charges at all the hospitals?

Some of the items on the bill were quite unbelievable. Ms Santhi Menon was charged $24.70 for each sponge bath, $31.20 for every time they needed to change her urine bag and measure the amount of urine passed and $18.20 for a nurse to stand outside the bathroom while the she was taking a shower.

Patients from overseas will have second thoughts about seeking treatment in Singapore if they learn of such inexplicable billing practices.

MOH needs to urgently address the different and lopsided charges at various hospitals.

Neo Poh Goon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Address difference in charges across govt hospitals'. Print Edition | Subscribe