23 Sep '14, 6am

Patients, health-care providers, payers & policymakers play key roles in keeping healthcare costs down. Read more

HEFTY health-care costs have become a global concern, including in Singapore. Worldwide, countries struggle to contain them. Patients and families, too, are concerned. In Singapore, a lot of attention has been focused recently on the role of doctors in driving up health-care costs through their fees. While doctors certainly influence health-care costs, they are not solely, or even primarily, responsible for them. Other contributors include technology such as drugs, medical equipment, implants; consumables such as nappies, dressings or intravenous drips; professional fees given not just to doctors but also therapists, dieticians, nurses and to cover hospital administration, laboratory tests such as radiological investigations; and facility fees for use of hospital rooms and operating theatres. And there are always business costs such as rent. Some factors are inherently exp...

Full article: http://www.cpf.gov.sg/imsavvy/infohub_article.asp?readid=...

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