MOH publishes fee benchmarks for anaesthetists and inpatient attendance doctors in the private sector

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Dec 29) said it has published fee benchmarks for anaesthetist fees and inpatient attendance doctor fees for the private sector.

These include recommended fee ranges for anaesthetists for about 190 procedures, as well as inpatient attendance doctors for consultations and reviews of patients in different ward settings.

This is the second tranche of fee benchmarks, following the fee benchmarks published in 2018 for surgical procedures.

"The fee benchmarks will give patients and payers (e.g. insurers) more complete information on the reasonable range of doctors’ fees for surgeries and hospital stays and enable better informed decisions," said MOH.

The benchmarks will also serve as a guide for private sector healthcare providers in charging appropriately.

MOH said the fee benchmarks were recommended by the Fee Benchmarks Advisory Committee and were accepted in full by the ministry last Wednesday.

Anaesthetists' fee benchmarks were recommended as anaesthesia support is an integral component of surgery. Doctors' inpatient attendance fee benchmarks were also recommended to provide a reference for consultation fees during an inpatient stay, said MOH.

The committee reviewed data such as historical transacted fees and inflation rates while developing the new fee benchmarks, said MOH.