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Stopping full riders just one part of solution to soaring medical bills

Issue of doctors who overcharge or overtreat must be looked at as well, say experts

The die is cast and the Ministry of Health (MOH) has made it clear that going forward, new riders for Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) that fully pay the patient's portion of the bill will no longer be allowed.

Several health economists are now saying: "We told you so."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Stopping full riders just one part of solution to soaring medical bills'. Subscribe