I echo Dr Benny Loo's call for the Singapore Medical Council to respond in depth to the recent case of the $100,000 fine imposed on Dr Lim Lian Arn (Help young doctors by clearing up ambiguity, Feb 11).
Without more dialogue, I fear the inevitable invasion of costly defensive medical practices.
In the long run, it is the public and the nation that will bear the brunt of this.
I am also glad that Senior Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min responded to the matter in Parliament (No need to list all side effects: Lam Pin Min, Feb 12).
I do feel that the fine of $100,000 is extremely harsh and unfair.
However, I am disappointed that Dr Lam said there is no need to reopen the case as both parties have accepted the judgment.
The authorities must not shy away from re-examining the issue, especially as many people have brought up their doubts on the matter.
We cannot allow this matter to rest, just because both parties have accepted the judgment.
I hope that our MPs will continue to ask for reviews of this matter; not so as to assign blame but, rather, to assure younger doctors and the public that we are committed to not escalating healthcare costs.
Tan Lai Yong (Dr)