I was at a gaberment hospital and I was impressed by the equipment, the service was reasonably good and the price cheap.

I only have one grouse, the long waits and not being able to get to see the doctor I want or my regular doctor because of the way the system works.

When I was at the hospital I asked for my doctor or rather my hubby called him to go and see me but he said kenot because thats not normal procedure. He wasn’t making his rounds then so he had to let the others do theirs according to procedure. Eventually he was kind enough to come see me but only briefly.

Subsequently I was given an appointment to see him about one or two weeks after discharge. I waited for 2 1/2 hours along with two restless kiddoes but when it came to my turn or almost my number, he came rushing out and told me he had to go for a meeting, he told me to just take the medicine prescribed and see another doctor.

Hmmm… when I complained to my girlfriend about this she said “Eh didn’t you know? You must give some gift basket or etc lah to get to see the loctor you want. Better learn lah.” to which I replied “Yah hor, my aunt used to give some angpow to the loctors and nurses she saw and she always got called ahead of the others but I don’t know how to do things like that. I’m just too straight.”

Hmm….. well, I’m not quiting on the doctor yet because I don’t blame him. He is really a good neurologist and when I do get to see him, he takes his time to explain things to me and is very patient. Its just the system. Overworked and underpaid I guess. I wish things could be a little better but its a lot improved now I think. Like I said at the start, the hospital equipment, the service, the kind nurses, even the food and the food catering service was reasonable (though I didn’t have much appetite) and of course the subsidised hospital price, they’re all good. :) 

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