Insurance doctor panels face poor prognosis

They disrupt the specialist care system, restrict patients' choice and are not needed, given the new fee benchmarks as well as rules on co-payments and deductibles to curb medical costs

The increasing intrusion by insurers into the specialist healthcare system has additional serious implications. PHOTO: ST FILE
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The medical profession must play its part in ensuring a sustainable healthcare system in Singapore.

Despite being the smallest component of healthcare costs - after hospital and drug/device costs, which are harder to constrain - professional fees, especially the higher specialist charges, cannot be unrestrained.

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