Be transparent on public hospital ward charges

Ms Santhi Menon's experience with KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), which was highlighted recently, raises three issues that need to be addressed.

The Australian citizen had taken ill suddenly while visiting relatives here. She was taken by ambulance to Changi General Hospital (CGH), where she was diagnosed with a reproductive system problem and transferred to KKH. In turn, KKH had to call in specialists from other hospitals, since it does not have the range of medical expertise that a general hospital does, and the patient was charged extra for this.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Be transparent on public hospital ward charges'. Print Edition | Subscribe