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Singapore doctor charges $218,181.82 per visit!!! « Getting at the truth

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Singapore doctor charges $218,181.82 per visit!!!

Dr. Susan Lim

Dr. Susan Lim

Surgeon Susan Lim, whom we written about before, was fined $10,000 and suspended from practice for three years for professional misconduct for the $24.8 million bill charged to the sister of the Queen of Brunei.

The bill was for 110 medical visits, which comes to $218,181.82 per visit—not bad!

On July 1, Singapore’s highest court dismissed an appeal by Dr. Lim against her conviction on charges of professional misconduct over the amount she charged a patient from the royal family of Brunei. This included the dismissal of Susan Lim’s appeal against her fine of $10,000 and suspension from practice for three years.

Singapore’s Court of Appeal said that the ethical obligation of a doctor is to not take advantage of his patient, whether in a monetary sense or otherwise, and that it “operates over and above contractual and market forces.” A doctor is ethically obligated to charge a fee that is reasonable and fair and any agreement between doctor and patient will not override this ethical obligation.

Specifically regarding the charges, the court ruled that the invoices she issued was in an “unsystematic, arbitrary and ultimately, opportunistic manner” and is one of the most serious cases, if not the most serious case of overcharging in the local medical profession.

In August 2012, Dr Lim had been found guilty of 94 charges of professional misconduct by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) for charging about $24 million for the services provided to Pengiran Anak Hajah Damit Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Mohd Alam for 110 treatment days for six months, from January to June 2007. Dr Lim was, at that time, given a three-year suspension and fined $10,000 – which has now been upheld by the appeal court.

Certainly, the court’s paltry $10,000 fine will not make much of a dent in the $24.8 million Susan Lim received from the sister of Queen of Brunei.

The Queen’s sister? Oh—she died.

3 comments to Singapore doctor charges $218,181.82 per visit!!!

  • Dr Susan Lim Ah Pow

    dr susan lim gone to middle east already, fled singapore, not even there for her final hearing.

    but can she still practice medicine? I don’t know? suspension 3 years, cannot practice. the woman is a crook, make Singapore look bad.

  • Personally, I’ll never be able to understand why everyone gets worked up over the medical bill that was charged to be Sultan of Brunei. Let’s face it – while the amount does sound excessive, the money was supposed to be for the running of the business that was valued at around S$80 million plus

    May be I’m just cynical but Susan Lim’s main crime here is that she tried to make money off the Sultan of Brunei, who has even more clout than she and her husband have on the scale of things in Singapore. The millions that she charged the Brunei Royals is only a fraction of what the Brunei Royals make. By comparison, our public hospitals make it a point of charging pots of money to members of the general public at rates that well beyond annual inflation rate and take a higher portion of the income of the patients ……

    I agree that Susan Lim does not make the most sympathetic of figures. However, going after her and claiming the moral high ground doesn’t make the healthcare situation better for ordinary Singaporeans – if anything it provides the powers-that-be a convenient scapegoat for other things

  • Boon Kiat

    Can this be? Another Boon Kiat, as your email address suggests? Surely you know that Singapore must do all it can to maintain its great reputation. Really go nothing to do with Dr. Susan, except that she was generating publicity that Singapore is and Singaporeans are expensive. We can’t let that cat out of the bag.