HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singapore sets benchmarks for anaesthetist, inpatient doctor fees

This is the second tranche of benchmarks after those for surgeon fees.

Singapore has published fee benchmarks for anaesthetists’ fees and doctors’ inpatient attendance fees for the private sector, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced. These include anaesthetists for about 190 procedures, as well as doctors for inpatient consultations and reviews of patients in different ward settings.

This is the second tranche of fee benchmarks, following the surgeon fee benchmarks for common surgical procedures in 2018. The benchmarks aim to give patients and insurers more complete information on the reasonable range of doctors’ fees for surgeries and hospital stays. They will also serve as a guide for private sector healthcare providers. 

The fee benchmarks can be found on the MOH’s website. For instance, the anaesthetist fee benchmark for a cataract surgery was set at S$500-800 ($378.33-605.33), whilst the fee benchmark for appendicectomy is at S$1,130-1,800 ($855.02-1361.99).

The fee benchmarks were recommended by the Fee Benchmarks Advisory Committee (FBAC) and have been accepted in full by MOH on 23 December 2020.

The FBAC sets fee ranges to take into account the anaesthesia risks associated with the surgery and any added complexity arising from the patient’s condition, independent of the surgical complexity of the surgery.

With these, MOH has appointed new members to the FBAC to advise on the review of published fee benchmarks and develop additional areas of fee benchmarks from 1 January. Lim Yean Teng will remain as the chairman of the committee till June 2021, in which Wee Siew Bock is appointed as Chairman.

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