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Increase in medical charges - 2013 to 2017
04 Apr 2017 (118 views)

Recently, I observed that the medical charge for colonoscopy was rather high and appeared to be more than doubled over 4 years. 

I carried out a study of the medical charges for common medical procedures over the past 4 years. For 2013, I was able to get the average bill size from my book - Medical Bills for the Elderly. For the 2017 figure, I obtained them from the website of the Ministry of Health.

The increase over 4 years varies according to the medical procedure. ranging from 7% (for heart attack with angioplasty) to 82% (lung cancer with complications). 

The average for the medical procedures is 39% for 4 years. The annual increase is 8.6%. This is high, but not as high as I had thought (based on the example of the colonoscopy).

For both years, the average cost are for B2 ward in a public hospital. The cost for a private patient (in A ward) is probably twice or slightly more than twice for a B2 ward.

Tan Kin Lian (with assistance from Tan Shi Hao)


Increase in medical charges - 2013 to 2017
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Recently, I observed that the medical charge for colonoscopy was rather high and appeared to be more than doubled over 4 years. 

I carried out a study of the medical charges for common medical procedures over the past 4 years. For 2013, I was able to get the average bill size from my book - Medical Bills for the Elderly. For the 2017 figure, I obtained them from the website of the Ministry of Health.

The increase over 4 years varies according to the medical procedure. ranging from 7% (for heart attack with angioplasty) to 82% (lung cancer with complications). 

The average for the medical procedures is 39% for 4 years. The annual increase is 8.6%. This is high, but not as high as I had thought (based on the example of the colonoscopy).

For both years, the average cost are for B2 ward in a public hospital. The cost for a private patient (in A ward) is probably twice or slightly more than twice for a B2 ward.

Tan Kin Lian (with assistance from Tan Shi Hao)