NOTICE PAPER NO. 1883
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON OR AFTER 9 MAY 2023
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Ms Hazel Poa
Question No. 2929
To ask the Minister for Health (a) for each month since January 2022, what percentage of hospital admissions are elective admissions of Singaporean and foreign patients respectively; and (b) what are the policies relating to deferring elective admissions when hospital bed occupancy rates exceed 85%.
For 2022, elective admissions form around 23% of total hospital
admissions in the public hospitals. In general, the proportion of non-residents foreigners 1 who are admitted to our public hospitals, constitutes less than 0.5% of total admissions.
2 To manage bed capacities better, especially when the public hospitals
anticipate a surge in emergency admissions, hospitals may temporarily defer non-urgent electives. Patients requiring urgent medical care, including those requiring urgent elective procedures will still be prioritized for admission.