Fee disparity at different hospitals 'not uncommon'

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

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

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''. Subscribe