askST: Will I be affected by the ongoing battle between doctors and IP insurers?

Integrated Shield Plans offer more coverage than that provided by MediShield Life, a universal insurance scheme for all Singaporeans.
Integrated Shield Plans offer more coverage than that provided by MediShield Life, a universal insurance scheme for all Singaporeans.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - Doctors and Integrated Shield Plan (IP) insurers are currently locked in a battle over the relatively small number of preferred private specialists on the insurers' panels.

The rift is not new but it intensified at the start of the week when the Singapore Medical Association (SMA), which has more than 8,200 members, issued a position statement on what it called "troubled" IPs.

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