Hospital over-stayers: Man chalks up 400-day stay

SINGAPORE – A 67-year-old man suffered a head injury after being hit by a heavy object and was sent to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for treatment. He ended up staying for a total of 400 days because his family could not care for him at home. They also declined to send him to a rehabilitation hospital because of the high cost of care. Shin Min Daily News reported that the patient first stayed at the hospital for 143 days. But he came back and admitted himself again the very next day, and ended up staying for another 257 days. The patient required at least two people to look after his daily needs after his operation. But the man’s wife was unable to look after him alone, and their maid could not help either. The hospital’s suggestion that the family send the patient to a rehabilitation hospital did not work out too, as they felt the cost of care there was too high. Social workers at the hospital also suggested that the family rent out a room at home to raise money for his care, but that was not taken up by the family.

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