28 Mar '11, 4am

Our reader asks: Why do private patients get hospital appointments faster?

RECENTLY, my scalp developed a lot of red spots and began to itch very badly. I began to lose an abnormal amount of hair every day and whenever I tugged, several strands came off easily. I was very worried and called the National Skin Centre for an urgent appointment. However, the nurse told me they were fully booked and the earliest appointment date would be three months later, in June. When I told her about my condition and asked her to help, she simply said she was sorry she could not do anything for me because I was a subsidised patient referred to by a government polyclinic. That put me on the alert and I immediately asked her whether she could get me an earlier appointment date if I were to visit the hospital as a private patient. I was shocked when she told me she could fix an appointment for me three days later. Why is the National Skin Centre offering private pati...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_650023...

Tweets

DTN Singapore: Faster treatment for heart attack patients: SINGAPORE: Doctors say those who suffer from acute he...

DTN Singapore: Faster treatment for heart attac...

channelnewsasia.com 08 Apr '11, 10am

SINGAPORE: Doctors say those who suffer from acute heart attacks can get treatment faster. This is thanks to a new project...

WTF INDEED WTF "If minsters shouldn't get high ...

straitstimes.com 26 Mar '11, 6am

THE opposition should think carefully and get a reality check if it plans to use the issue of ministers' salaries to score...

The men don't get it: Today, with 150000 regist...

todayonline.com 30 Mar '11, 9pm

It would not be too presumptuous to call Nicole Yee the mother of a new feminine country. After all, the woman responsible...

Private home prices down slightly in February: NUS Index

Private home prices down slightly in February: ...

channelnewsasia.com 28 Mar '11, 6am

SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore saw a small decline last month, after the government introduced stringent meas...

Lol Unboxing a toaster because I didn't get an ...

sheylara.com 26 Mar '11, 2pm

Just read in detail about foot binding in ancient China. I always thought they just wrapped up the feet during infancy to ...

Smartphone app for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: PATIENTS suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, can now use...

Smartphone app for patients with rheumatoid art...

straitstimes.com 22 Mar '11, 10am

Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH), in collaboration with the Integrated Health I...

KK Hospital launches one-stop service for patients with Endometriosis

KK Hospital launches one-stop service for patie...

channelnewsasia.com 30 Mar '11, 6am

SINGAPORE: KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has started a one-stop service for patients with Endometriosis. The gy...

NYC tops US in private jobs, commercial property

straitstimes.com 26 Mar '11, 9am

NEW YORK - NEW York City leads the nation in at least two areas: private-sector job growth and the commercial property mar...