SINGAPORE (Mar 18): On March 11, psychiatrist Dr Munidasa Winslow received an email from a patient’s father. The latter detailed his daughter’s condition, then asked Winslow for advice on medication.

The doctor turned him down. “I said, ‘Sorry, I can’t talk to you; you have to get your daughter to contact me or make an appointment herself,’” says Winslow. The doctor knew the patient and her father well. In the past, he would have just answered the father and copied the daughter in the email since the pair usually attended appointments together.

Over at hand surgeon Dr Andrew Yam’s Gleneagles Hospital practice, simple injections now cost 30% more. Meanwhile, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chua Soo Yong makes his patients sign a new two-page consent form before he administers injections.

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