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Request to Switch to Lower Ward Type

​All SGH patients can request to switch to lower ward types, depending on:

  • If you are switching to a lower ward type from private patient to subsidised patient, you will be subjected to means testing

  • If there are beds available at the wards

Upon the approval of switching to a lower ward type, subsequent hospital charges will be computed at lower ward rate from the date of successful transfer.

Follow-up consultation at outpatient clinics will be charged at:-

  • Subsidised rate for "B2 6-bedded" or "C 9-bedded" ward – Subsidised patients will receive team-based care led by an assigned doctor. Your attending doctor may or may not be the same at each visit.
  • Private rate for "A Single Bed" or "B1 4-bedded" ward – Private patients will receive team-based care led by their choice of doctor. Patients will be charged at full paying rates.
You may approach our Business Office staff for more details


When is means testing required?

Means testing is required when there is a request for a switch to lower ward type from private (A Single Bed or B1 4-bedded) ward to subsidised (B2 6-bedded or C 9-bedded) ward.

Why is means testing required when switching from a private (A Single-bedded or B1 4-bedded) ward to a subsidised (B2 6-bedded or C 9-bedded) ward?

This is a standard practice at all public hospitals. Means testing will allow us to determine the eligibility for subsidies at B2 6-bedded or C 9-bedded ward type.

When will prices for the lower ward type take effect?

Prices for the lower ward type will take effect once the patient has been transferred to the lower ward type.

How do I know the status of my outpatient appointments after discharge?

The status of your outpatient appointments is related to the ward type of your inpatient admission upon discharge. B2 6-bedded and C 9-bedded ward will be under subsidised rates for outpatient while A Single bed or B1 4-bedded ward will be under private rates.

Switching to Lower Ward Type 

Example 1 (Means testing not required):

Mr. Lim was admitted to B2 6-bedded ward for one week. Concerned about his medical expenses due to his surgery and expected prolonged stay in the hospital, he sought advice from the business office. Upon discussion with the billing officer, Mr. Lim decided to switch to C 9-bedded ward. With the switch he will receive higher government subsidies, thus reducing his overall medical expenses

Example 2 (means testing required):

Mdm Natasha had a fall and required surgery and hospitalization. She stayed in B1 4-bedded ward for 25 days and her interim bill amounted to $45,151.47. Medisave and the estimated Medishield Life claim could cover about 60% of the bill and the remaining $16,128.27 would have to be paid using cash. Mdm Natasha spoke to the billing officer who advised her to consider switching to a subsidised ward type to enjoy higher government subsidies.

Her spouse and children supported her decision to switch to a lower ward type and they submitted their income information for Means Testing. Based on the total family income and headcount, Mdm Natasha was eligible for B2 6-bedded ward. The transfer was done as soon as a B2 6-bedded ward was available and Mdm Natasha was charged at subsidised rate for the next 17 days before she was discharged. She managed to get a partial refund from the initial cash deposit made during admission.

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