Fee disparity at different hospitals 'not uncommon'

Fee benchmarks for common medical procedures are published on the Health Ministry's website to boost transparency and rein in rising healthcare costs. A check on the site finds that there could be a fairly wide range of fees.
Fee benchmarks for common medical procedures are published on the Health Ministry's website to boost transparency and rein in rising healthcare costs. A check on the site finds that there could be a fairly wide range of fees. ST FILE

They vary due to equipment, implants and approaches taken by surgeons, say observers

Treatment fees quoted by various public healthcare institutions for a particular medical condition can differ by as much as 60 per cent.

This begs the question: Why pay more at one institution if you can get it for cheaper at another?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'Fee disparity at different hospitals 'not uncommon''. Print Edition | Subscribe