Rising insurance claims, healthcare costs - don't blame doctors unfairly

Doctors face rising costs, and are hemmed in by insurers' practices. Yet they try their best to act in patients' interests

The public discussion on rising insurance claims and healthcare costs is striking for its lack of balance. A follower of the issue might be led to believe that doctors are, as a whole, chiefly to blame for everything. It is time to recast the discussion in a fairer light.

Let's dispense with what should be obvious: First, that doctors do play a major role in managing healthcare costs through advising patients on appropriate management as well as charging reasonable fees. Second, that there are miscreants in every sector of society, but a few bad hats should not tarthe vast majority of doctors who act decently.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2018, with the headline 'Rising insurance claims, healthcare costs - don't blame doctors unfairly'. Print Edition | Subscribe