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Monthly statistics on hospital bills

On 29 Sep 2003, the Ministry of Health began publishing statistics on hospital bills for 28 common medical conditions on its website.

On 1 November 2003, another 22 conditions were added, increasing the number of medical conditions published on the Internet to 50.

The next monthly update will be on 1 Dec 2003. (tomorrow) The data presented on 1 Dec 2003 will cover the period from 1 Nov 2002 to 31 Oct 2003.

There are two refinements in this update.

(a) Inclusion of private hospital data

With the collaboration of the private hospitals, we will be including the bill sizes of private hospitals, starting with five day surgery conditions from 1 December 2003.

The five day surgery conditions are: ‘Cataract surgery (phacoemulsification)’; ‘Colonoscopy’; ‘Gastroscopy’; ‘Glaucoma surgery’ and ‘Myopia surgery (LASIK)’.

The participating private hospitals are: East Shore Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Raffles Hospital.

However, the public may wish to note that while the bill sizes for all public hospitals are complete and include all charges including doctors’ professional fees, the data for some private hospitals may not be complete as not all doctors’ professional fees are fully captured.

(b) More Medical Conditions

From 1 December 2003, statistics on hospital bills for another 20 common medical conditions will be added. This will bring the total number of medical conditions published on the Internet to 70.

These 70 medical conditions account for almost 60% of all admissions to hospitals in Singapore.

List of 70 conditions/ procedures

Note: The additional 20 conditions are shaded in blue.

The 5 conditions that include private hospitals are shaded in yellow.

Common name

Appendix surgery (Appendicectomy)

Asthma Age < 50

Asthma Age <50 with complications

Back problems (Medical)

Breast lump removal


Carpal tunnel release surgery

Cataract surgery (Phacoemulsification)

Chest pain

Chronic obstructive airways disease

Circumcision Age <10

Circumcision Age >=10




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30 November 2003

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