The attendance fee at the emergency departments currently covers:
Specialised investigations and non-standard medications required are not included and will be separately charged to the patient. This also applies to patients who go directly to CGH and SKH emergency departments.
Please note that there might be other services and procedures not mentioned above, that are not included in the attendance fee. For more information, please enquire with the administrative staff at the emergency department of the respective hospitals.
Under GPFirst, most patients will save time and money while receiving appropriate care at participating GP clinics.
If you have only mild to moderate symptoms, receiving treatment from your GP will cost you less compared to going to the emergency department. If you are referred to the emergency department after assessment by your GP, you will receive a $50 subsidy on the prevailing attendance fee at either CGH or SKH emergency department.
Yes. GPFirst applies to all patients referred to CGH and SKH emergency departments by participating GP clinics with the GPFirst Referral Form.
GPFirst is not applicable to referrals from polyclinics. Patients referred by polyclinics will continue to be given priority at the emergency department, as they have been assessed by doctors to require more urgent care.
The subsidy under GPFirst will apply to patients as long as they are referred to the emergency department by participating clinics with the original GPFirst Referral Form. This includes patients under CHAS.
GPs from participating clinics will refer patients using a GPFirst Referral Form. Only patients who present the original GPFirst Referral Form when they register at CGH and SKH emergency departments will qualify for GPFirst.
Patients are encouraged to seek treatment and follow up with their regular GPs so as to receive timely medical assistance. However, if their GPs participate in the GPFirst programme, they will enjoy its benefits as long as the terms and conditions are fulfilled, regardless of where the patients reside.
No. Currently, GPFirst and its benefits are applicable only at CGH and SKH.
Patients will continue to pay the fees charged by their respective GPs.
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