Gle­nea­gles to waive med­i­cal bill of guard who had heart at­tack on duty

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A se­cu­rity guard who col­lapsed while on duty at Gle­nea­gles Hospi­tal last month will have his med­i­cal bill paid by the hospi­tal.

Mr Thomas Lukose, 55, was at first billed $78,000 for treat­ment at Gle­nea­gles Hospi­tal, $13,500 of which was cov­ered by his work in­sur­ance.

In a let­ter to The Straits Times pub­lished on­line yes­ter­day, Mr Phua Tien Beng, the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for the Sin­ga­pore op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion of Park­way Pan­tai, which Gle­nea­gles is un­der, said Mr Lukose re­ceived timely and ex­pert care from Gle­nea­gles’ doc­tors and staff, and made an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery.

Re­spond­ing to a com­men­tary on Wed­nes­day by The Straits Times’ re- porter Salma Kha­lik, which sug­gested the hospi­tal con­sider waiv­ing the re­main­der of Mr Lukose’s hospi­tal bill, Mr Phua said: “Hav­ing re­viewed the case, we have de­cided that the hospi­tal should cover his out­stand­ing med­i­cal bill.

“It is the right thing to do. We re­gret the anx­i­ety caused.”

An ap­peal was ini­tially put up on crowd­fund­ing site Give.asia to help pay the med­i­cal bill for Mr Lukose. It is no longer ac­cept­ing do­na­tions.

Mr Phua also said Mr Lukose and his fam­ily have ac­cepted the hospi­tal’s of­fer.—

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