Updated: 09/01/2014 21:47

MOH publishes data on total operation fees

MOH publishes data on total operation fees

Statistics on total operation fees for common procedures treated in the public sector hospitals are now available on the Ministry of Health's website. 

This is to provide additional transparency on the hospital bill component attributed to the cost of performing the surgery. 

The initial publication covers 65 common procedures. 

MOH said they account for close to 65 per cent (64.2%) of all procedure-related admissions. 

To ensure statistical significance, only procedures with at least 30 cases will be publiched. 

MOH said it intends to expand the list progressively to cover other common procedures as they fulfil the threshold number of cases. 

The data on total operation fees will not be broken down by individual hospitals and ward classes. 

This is to allow sufficient cases for publication based on the updated Table of Surgical Procedures, which only took effect from January. 

The data will however be broken down into 'Unsubsidised' (i.e. Ward Class A and Day Surgery Private) and 'subsidised' (i.e. Ward Class B2, C and Day Surgery Subsidised) cases. 

Based on the information provided, total operation fees for an appendix surgery range from $1,719 to $2,956 for unsubsided patients and between $440 and $749 for subsidised patients. 

An unsubsidised patient undergoing angioplasty can expect to pay between $2,454 and $4,635 in total operation fees. 

For subsidised patients it's between $492 and $900.

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