The attendance fee at the emergency departments currently covers:
Specialised investigations and non-standard medications required are not included and will be charged separately. This also applies to patients who go directly to the emergency departments of participating hospitals and the UCC. Please note that there may 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.
GPFirst applies to General Practitioners participating under the programme, and does not include referrals from polyclinics. Patients referred by polyclinics will continue to be given priority at the emergency department. Is GPFirst applicable to CHAS patients, even though they have already received subsidised care at GP clinics?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 the respective emergency departments or UCC will qualify for the GPFirst programme benefits.
Patients who visit GPFirst participating clinics will be referred to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or UCC in the region. Patients are encouraged to adhere to GPs’ advice of seeking immediate treatment at the nearest emergency department to ensure he/she receives the required urgent care in a timely manner.
Patients are encouraged to seek treatment and follow up with their regular GPs to receive timely medical assistance. If their GPs are participating in the GPFirst programme, they will enjoy its benefits - as long as the terms and conditions stated are fulfilled. This is regardless of where the patient resides.
No. GPFirst and its benefits are applicable only at the above mentioned hospitals and UCC.
Patients will pay the fees charged by their respective GPs.
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