Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008

Last week, the National University Hospital said it would be terminating all contracts with agents to bring in overseas patients by the end of this month.
Last week, the National University Hospital said it would be terminating all contracts with agents to bring in overseas patients by the end of this month.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Majority of patients seen by public hospitals are locals, says Health Ministry

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."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Percentage of foreigners admitted to public hospitals falls from 2008'. Print Edition | Subscribe