27 Feb '11, 1am

How much can doctors charge patients? Doctors here are split: one says $1-2k a day is enough, but another says $450k

How much can doctors charge patients? Doctors here are split: one says $1-2k a day is enough, but another says $450k

Dr Susan Lim is fighting the Singapore Medical Council's attempt to convene a second disciplinary hearing against her for overcharging a patient from the Brunei royal household. -- ST FILE PHOTO Just how much can a doctor charge a patient? As little as one to two thousand dollars a day, and as much as $450,000 a day - these are the two extremes that doctors themselves considered reasonable fees for Dr Susan Lim to have charged for round-the-clock service to a royal patient from Brunei. Read the full story in The Sunday Times. What led to the current case In July 2007, the Brunei Ministry of Health approached its Singapore counterpart over a bill it considered high. The $26 million bill was for medical treatment given to a member of the royal family for the period Jan 15 to June 16. It did not include work done by Dr Susan Lim and her team in Brunei in June and July of that...

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