Doctors' fees: From guideline of charges to benchmarks

From 1987 to 2007, a guideline of fees was widely used by doctors and patients. In 2010, that guideline was deemed anti-competition. Yet this year, a schedule of fee benchmarks was issued. What has changed?

On Nov 13, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the issuance of fee benchmarks for the most common 222 procedures performed in the private sector.

The current MOH fee benchmarks came about after a painful 11 years when there was no guidance of any sort for both patients and doctors on how procedures should be priced.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2018, with the headline 'Doctors' fees: From guideline of charges to benchmarks'. Print Edition | Subscribe