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Susan Lim: My practice is "technically bankrupt"

June 17, 2011 - 2:27pm

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SHE HAS been accused of overcharging her wealthy patient from Brunei.

Yet, Dr Susan Lim claims her practice is now "technically bankrupt".

Speaking to The Business Times in her first interview since the saga broke, the private surgeon said she feels "like (she is) is some prolonged Halloween party and (she has) been masqueraded in a cloak of scandal".

The Singapore Medical Council has alleged that Dr Lim inflated her bills by as much as 500 times while treating the younger sister of Brunei's queen for breast cancer from 2001 to 2007. The patient died in August 2007.

Despite the huge fees she received, Dr Lim, who is in her 50s, says the case was "a huge loss-making assignment".

She said: "When you take on a job like this, whatever the fee - however big, however small - it is a one-time payment. It cannot compensate for loss to the practice, the loss off new patients, existing patients, putting your other businesses on hold, stopping technology transfer and development.

"From being the most successful private practice in two locations, with a staff of 33, research labs, overseas collaborations, business ventures, we are now technically bankrupt. And if not for the interest-free loans that my family and I have loaned to the company, we would be shut down."

Read the full report in The Business Times.

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