Docs charging more or not giving jab after hefty SMC fine: Poll

Two medical groups find that action taken against doctors affects how others practise

The online poll was done before the apex court threw out the ruling against Dr Lim Lian Arn.
The online poll was done before the apex court threw out the ruling against Dr Lim Lian Arn.

Some doctors have stopped giving steroid injections to patients while others say they are charging more for this relatively common jab, an online survey by two prominent medical groups found.

The Singapore Medical Association, which has close to 6,000 members, and the College of Family Physicians Singapore, with more than 2,400 members, did the online poll after orthopaedic surgeon Lim Lian Arn was fined $100,000 in January for not telling a patient about the possible, though rare, side effects of such an injection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Docs charging more or not giving jab after hefty SMC fine: Poll'. Subscribe