Survey finds many doctors charging more for steroid jab after hefty fine imposed by SMC tribunal

Of the 2,000 doctors surveyed, 164 who used to give the jab said they have stopped doing so. Previously, 588 said they charged $100 or less for the injection.
Of the 2,000 doctors surveyed, 164 who used to give the jab said they have stopped doing so. Previously, 588 said they charged $100 or less for the injection. PHOTO: CNB

SINGAPORE - Some doctors have stopped giving steroid injections to patients while others say they are charging more for this relatively common jab, an online survey by two prominent medical groups found.

The Singapore Medical Association, which has close to 6,000 members, and the College of Family Physicians, with more than 2,400 members, conducted the online poll after orthopaedic surgeon Lim Lian Arn was fined $100,000 in January for not telling a patient about the possible, though rare, side effects of such an injection.

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