The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) finally suspended surgeon Dr Lim from practising for three years and fined her $10,000. All because her rich patient, reputed sister of the Queen of Brunei, didn't quibble about the bills before she succumbed to her breast cancer. Her surviving relatives did.
Before you reject the doctor's submission that the SMC had made "errors in law and errors of fact", consider her argument that Singapore has no guideline on the maximum fee that a doctor can charge a patient, charges that are mutually agreed upon between doctor and patient before treatment can commence. Consider also the compensation of a high earning professional like Lim is used in the benchmark to compute the ministerial salaries. Which also has no maximum ceiling.
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Legalised corruption is still corruption, or as the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) presents it, low corruption doesn't mean there's no corruption. The CPIB spokesman said, "The fundamental building block is to make sure people have the right values and ethics..." Now that's more difficult to define.