WHY DOES THE PAP INFLATE MEDICAL COSTS?

The polyclinic charges $38 for medical cost for a Singaporean. It gives a 50% subsidy to the Singaporean and so the Singaporean pays $19.

I visit my family doctor and she charges me between $15 to $20 per visit. That is often less what I would have to pay to see a Polyclinc doctor.

Why is the pap charging me more at a Polyclinic than my family doctor?

I can think of the following reasons:
1. To bluff me that I am getting subsidised medical care from the pap
2. To make money from medical services
3. To allow private doctors to charge higher so that he can afford to pay high rentals

Can anyone think of other reasons?

Tracy Tan
A.S.S. Contributor

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