The percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals here last year was lower than that for 2008. The proportion of foreigners among all inpatient and day surgery patients dropped to about 1.5 per cent. That figure was 2.4 per cent in 2008.
Responding to queries from The Sunday Times, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: "Only a small proportion of the hospitals' patients were brought in via contracted overseas service providers... The majority of patients they see are locals."