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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Free Clinics in Singapore aren't free

With public donations down, free clinics in Singapore have decided to raise the registration fees already in place for poor patients who visit the clinics. The fee at one clinic was raised to S$3 - up by S$1. That's a 50% increase in registration fees which could force patients to not seek care.

This is one way the center has dealt with a decline in donations over the past few years.

See the full news article here:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1228687/1/.html

Are you aware of any free clinics in the United States charging registrations fee to clinic visitors?
What are your thoughts? What should free clinics do to continue providing free care when donations are down but need is increased?

1 comment:

  1. There's a 24 hour urgent care seattle who also care about the the welfare of the poor that's why they've got cheaper service fee and free check-ups and consultation to their physicians. I think it's just okay to have these kind of services.

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