September 25, 2008
The $250 diagnosis
It's tough when K gets sick. Just when he has been having a healthy appetite the last few months and progressing well with his growth, a illness has to come along and regress things a little.
Spent like $250 dollars this afternoon on his visit to a paediatrician. Makes me wonder how credible the doctor is when he spends like less than 2 minutes in consultation with his patients. Within 1 minute he asked me some questions about K's condition, then in less than 10 seconds, he checked K with his stethoscope, while K started crying his lungs out. Then gave the diagnose that K has got bronchitis. There was no advice given, for example, avoid cold drinks or citrus fruits or ensure that the K rests more.
The pd probably thinks that I am a very well-informed mother that knows how to manage without any professional advice, or he is really seasoned, to the point of being nonchalant. I believe that there there is such a thing known as an over-diagnose in an attempt to overcharge.
We went home with the neubeliser, the 'quintessential' torture device for a toddler, which was rented to us at $10 a day. There must be some other way to clear the phlegm. Anyhow, the pd has scheduled another appointment to fleece me again with a follow-up '2 minute consultation' next Tuesday.
Heard a rumour that the S'pore Baby and Child clinic, which has branches in Glen E, TMC, Mount A and Mount E has been bought over by some group, whose main focus now is to ensure a healthy profit. So that explains why K visit to the pd cost me like 30% more than usual.
It's time to start looking for a new pd, one that truly cares for the kids and not one who is more concerned about lining his own pockets.