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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Could this happen in Australia?
    Posted: 18/September/2011 at 12:42
http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110917-0000455/Bankrupt-doctor-again-claims-he-cannot-pay-ex-wife-maintenance

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SINGAPORE - The general practitioner who has been jailed five times between 2005 and last year for refusing to pay maintenance to his ex-wife and children has been hauled to court for failing do so again.

Dr Andrew Chee Weng Kheong, 56, who is also bankrupt, had stopped paying the S$5,000 per month maintenance ordered by the court since February 2009, and is seeking to show he does not have the means to do so.

His former wife Elizabeth Lim, 50, filed the contempt of court order - the third so far - for not paying the court-ordered maintenance which is in arrears of S$115,000.
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I think some of us wish that those who did not follow orders would have this style of justice dropped on them!

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  Quote rambler1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/September/2011 at 13:42
He probably deserves everything he gets you cant tell me that a Sing Doctor is not earning any money, the cost of medical in Sing is astronomical and most of the docs there earn a lot more than they do here.

Luke 11 46: Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.

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  Quote tj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 07:00
I know that I wish that penalties were harsher in Australia.

I know that as soon as possible jail time was mentioned that the ex would suddenly find all the $ to pay what is owed to a child. My case is not that the ex does not have the $ to pay- he simply chooses not to.

Not only is my ex a master at hiding from CS responsibilities (aided by his family who are in the Accounting/ Financial business) they also openly advise others how to do it.

CSA do not even list the overdue/ arrears as a default on a persons credit file. It is up to a payee to initiate proceedings to get a judgement ordered to get that happening. CSA here do not follow up on Contempt Charges. Sure they may take a payer to court, obtain orders but if they are not complied with they do nothing further. The Magistrates that issue these orders assume that they are being followed but if they are not then there is no come back.

I also wish that the penalties for employers who do not comply with CSA ordered payments were harsher. Most employers do pay on a CSA order or notice but if they do not there is no action taken.

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 11:48
Originally posted by rambler1

He probably deserves everything he gets you cant tell me that a Sing Doctor is not earning any money, the cost of medical in Sing is astronomical and most of the docs there earn a lot more than they do here.



Actually medical care is cheaper in Singapore than in Australia in my experience. These are some very well paid docs here, no doubt - but I suspect community based GP is probably not doing that well.

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  Quote wantpeace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 12:11
Then there is the other side where the CS-recipient gets paid over the accessed amount and continues to use the children as weapons against the CSA-payer. 'Unless you give me $ more money you will not see your children'.

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  Quote turboadam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 16:22
TJ, could I have your exes contact details please !

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  Quote rambler1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 17:31
hi Asia Can't say Im an expert and

Im not sure about a local GP but a 5 day stay in a Sing Hospital not so long ago cost nearly Sgd 2,500 plus medical expenses.

Im not sure about what local medic's charge but thats pretty expensive in my book.

I suspect that there may be some subsidy for locals however.

I dont know if they have medical insurance up there, but lucky I had some.
PS heres an article that will have your heart racing ex one of the sing papers:

In a bid to reduce costs, regular travellers tend to opt for insurance that focuses purely on Southeast Asia as leaving other regions and expensive countries like the United States out of the policy will substantially cut costs.

Well, that was the traditional thought. Then along came a report that painted Singapore in a less than favourable medical light. And we all know that anything about Singapore that’s less than favourable could wind up resulting in a nasty wrap over the knuckles – or worse.

It’s all about a $20 million medical bill incurred by one person from Brunei.

According to a Bloomberg dispatch and widely published other reports, Susan Lim – Asia’s first ever liver transplant doctor – sought $200,000 a day over a seven month period in 2007 to treat a member of the Brunei royal family.

The patient died of cancer, and Brunei later complained about the costs of her bill and won support from Patients Beyond Borders, which is calling for increased oversight amid tarnished reputations at all levels.

Lim maintains there was no wrongdoing and that the patient had agreed to the charges and had never been held to ransom.

Sultan Haji Hassx Bolkiah is the world’s second richest royal, and has ruled Brunei with a generous hand for decades. The bill was for the treatment of his sister-in-law Pangiran Anak Hajah Damit, and in a rather diplomatic letter he complained the bill was extravagant and could harm the reputation of Singapore’s medical profession.

Lim has apparently since voluntarily cut the bill in half as a gesture of friendship. This was after the Singaporean health ministry initiated a probe into her activities, which included improper billing. It didn’t end there. The panel investigating Lim stepped down after she accused them of pre-judging her case. A second panel is apparently now looking into the matter.

Her case followed another billing dispute involving the United Arab Emirates. Total bills for about 100 UAE patients were also halved by Singapore, to about $15 million after a please explain was requested.


This matters given the money grubbing reputation the medical industry and insurance companies have perhaps unfairly suffered from in recent years – despite all those advertising dollars. It might even be worth taking a closer look at why some other people in the medical industry are portrayed in that less than favourable light. Particularly if you’re a squeaky clean Singapore.



Edited by rambler1 - 19/September/2011 at 22:41
Luke 11 46: Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/September/2011 at 12:35
Ah yes - the case of the greedy Dr Susan Lim. I'm fairly certain she's going to be disbarred (?) in due course.

Rambler - do you know what it would have cost for you to have the same treatment as a foreigner in Australia without subsidy or medicare? I'm sure it would have been more. I am not saying that they have it right, but they are far easier on the pocket that other countries.

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  Quote tj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/September/2011 at 12:46
Originally posted by turboadam

TJ, could I have your exes contact details please !


To avoid Child Support- easy! Unless you happen to work for an emplpyer that will garnish as requested by CSA and only leave you with protected Income Amount.

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