Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Health for each year in the past five years (a) what is the median waiting time for the booking of a new appointment at specialist outpatient clinics in public healthcare institutions for (i) all patients (ii) private-paying patients and (iii) subsidised patients; (b) what percentage of patients have transferred to private healthcare; and (c) what is the number of non-urgent procedures that have been postponed.
Mr Ong Ye Kung: The requested data is shown in the table below:
Based on available data, majority of the Public Hospitals and National Specialist Centres reported around three to five per cent postponement of non-urgent procedures in 2021. The statistics of patients who have chosen to seek care at private healthcare institutions instead are not tracked by Public Hospitals and National Specialist Centres.
Ministry of Health
9 May 2022