05 May '11, 2am

CNA

SINGAPORE: Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has rebutted rumours that he only paid S$8 for his heart bypass surgery last year. He said the S$8 only referred to his out of pocket expenses and that his total bill for a week's stay in an a Class A ward came up S$25,000. He said the bulk of his bill was paid for using MediShield and Medisave. Mr Khaw said: "I paid the normal bill, no special arrangement. So all those lies about, 'oh, because he's a minister, he got special deals. It was cheap, only S$8!' But why was it S$8, why was it so affordable? Because I stay in 3Ms! "So yes, I paid S$8 out of pocket - that was what I said. But they conveniently blocked out what I said, they said I paid S$8 for a bill - 'minister special'. "They did not say so, but they were hinting that the minister abused the healthcare system for his own benefit. We never do. As ministers, we pay our own ...

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