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Drug prices at public hospitals can vary because of different clinical set-ups, contracts: MOH

We thank Ms Liu I-Chun for her letter, “Why is there a 34% difference in prices of eye medication at two public hospitals?” (Jan 15).

The Health Ministry says drug prices take into account the cost structures and clinical set-ups of public healthcare institutions.

The Health Ministry says drug prices take into account the cost structures and clinical set-ups of public healthcare institutions.

Teh Shi-Hua, Director, Subvention, Ministry of Health

We thank Ms Liu I-Chun for her letter, “Why is there a 34% difference in prices of eye medication at two public hospitals?” (Jan 15).

Our public healthcare institutions operate on a non-profit basis, and the Ministry of Health (MOH) monitors the overall bill sizes at public healthcare institutions to ensure that healthcare remains affordable for Singaporeans.

The prices of medication at public healthcare institutions can vary, as they take into account the institutions’ respective cost structures and clinical set-ups, which can vary from institution to institution.

Price differences across public healthcare institutions can also occur when medicines are supplied under different tender contracts, as different tenders carry varying procurement costs.

The price of medication also includes a component to cover the manpower, operational, maintenance and overhead costs associated with providing the drugs. These are expected to remain within reasonable ranges.

We agree that there should not be unwarranted variation in charges. MOH will work with public healthcare institutions to review their pricing for medication.

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