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Doctors must justify third-party fees, say three medical bodies

If questioned by authorities, they must explain why fees paid are reflective of the admin services provided

SMC president Tan Ser Kiat had clarified in the advisory that doctors would be in breach of the 2016 Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG) that is to come into force from Jan 1 if they paid third parties fees calculated based on a percentage of a referred patient's bill.


DOCTORS who pay managed-care providers, third-party administrators (TPAs) or medical concierges fees must be prepared to justify them when questioned by relevant authorities on why the fees are reflective of the administrative services provided.

The Academy of Medicine...

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