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.

7 comments:

E>B.E.A.R. said...

Wah, $250!!! Achtung! Nessun Dorma , Nessun Dorma until the kid gets well and the evil medical consigliere gets a tiger yawn....Be Thou heedful evil pd, the M is irefully apoplectic

Rachel said...

The 'tiger yawn' bit was a dead giveaway :)

Brendan Chiang said...

How's he now?

Rachel said...

K is much better, regained his appetite and back to his active self.

4MalMal said...

i think that is the problem with spore. In overseas, doctors only give prescription and medicine is sold at the pharmacy. In this way, doctors don't get to profit from selling medicine they prescribed.

Rachel said...

4MalMal - Well like what someone once told me before. The poor cannot afford to fall sick in Singapore...how true :(

pc said...

my girl see sbcc too. amk. im thinking about switching too...