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Hospitals urge change to payments

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Smaller private hospitals which are having trouble referring patients to larger city hospitals have called for changes to health funding, saying patient health will suffer. 

Thirteen out of 87 hospitals which are contracted to the Social Security Office (SSO) are struggling to refer patients with severe and chronic illnesses to bigger hospitals because of the slow clearance of treatment payments.

Dr Kumpol Plussin, president of the Social Security Fund's (SSF) private hospital contract partners group, said about 20 large hospitals, known as "supra contractors", have suspended their patient-sharing contracts with smaller private hospitals.

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