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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Happy hour in hospitals

Lots of businesses price products/services based on the time or the day in which the product/service is sold/consumed. Some of the instances are movie halls charging lower prices during weekdays and taxis charging a surcharge on the eve of holidays / weekends. This logic makes sense as they want to induce more people to see movies during weekdays (bcoz of the spare capacity) and they want to reduce congestion on the eve of public holidays.

Graded pricing in hospitals
What’s amusing to me is the fact that one of the leading hospitals in Singapore has a graded pricing for various times in the day and for various days in the week. This hospital was involved in the valiant attempt to separate the Iranian twins last year. I am giving you a rough idea of their pricing structure for outpatients.

Weekday 7 AM – 10 AM: $X
Weekday 10AM – 5PM: $1.2X
Weekday 5PM – 9PM: $1.5X
Weekend Allday: $2X

While I can understand that fewer doctors will be working over the weekends and hence they might want to discourage people from visiting the hospital over the weekend. However I still don’t agree with the graded pricing during the weekdays. So the next time you wanna go to your hospital do find out when the happy hour is.


  • Wow, this is amazing! Reminds me of discount that a restaurant offers in Hyderabad....50% after 10.30 pm. You pay 50% for food that is essentially approaching more than 12 hrs old!

    By Blogger Ravi, at 5:51 PM  

  • this's is bad! hospitals are not supposed to do like this...

    By Blogger Srikar, at 6:51 PM  

  • @Ravi,
    Are you saying that doctors on duty during the happy hours may not be upto the mark?

    By Blogger Kaps, at 9:57 PM  

  • Decided to go to the hospital, forget abt the happy hour.

    By Blogger Freeyavedu, at 8:14 AM  

  • As you said, it may control the traffic during the peak hours(just like the ERP-Electronic Road Pricing in Expressways). But health reasons may not allow people to follow the ERP logic here.

    Whatever it is, the hospital will gain out of this pricing structure.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 2:09 PM  

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