Singapore Expats Forum

Could this be happening to you!

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.

User avatar
ksl
Governor
Governor
Posts: 6005
Joined: Mon, 19 Jul 2004
Location: Singapore
Contact:

Could this be happening to you!

Postby ksl » Sat, 30 Oct 2010 12:33 am

Are my suspicions of over prescibing of medications and other related fees for hospital treatment, justified I wonder as the Lupus outbreak appears to be drug related, as the liver enzymes started to fall, after i stopped the meds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11652448

Once a year my chest x ray is around 35$, so my eye's lit up, when i had to pay over 50$ for hand x-ray and over 80$ for the wrist. I said i have no pain in my hands, but i do in my wrist, why do i need 2 x-rays of course the guy couldn't answer me, and it didn't really make any sense, as when i first arrived at the x ray department. I said why do you want to x-ray my hand, i have no pains in my hand or fingers, it was then that the x-ray guy went to visit the doctor and he came back with another bill for the wrists. over 140$.

I will get an explanation at my next visit that's for sure, i paid 800$ that day for 17 blood tests and the x-ray and I need to compare it with my x-ray centre.

It makes me wonder if they take it for granted that we all have medical insurance, the cheapest i could find was in Hong Kong at 12k £ a year, obviously I didn't take it.

User avatar
x9200
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9301
Joined: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
Location: Singapore

Postby x9200 » Sat, 30 Oct 2010 6:29 am

There may be differences in price between the chest X-ray and the other procedure as the chest machines are the most popular and most utilized (plus some other possible reasons) but I agree it all looks a bit suspicious. Also for the insurance - we have our own suspicions for being ordered and charged for unnecessary tests - nothing really expensive and potentially harmful but still unnecessary. And we think this is because they know we are fully covered.

User avatar
ksl
Governor
Governor
Posts: 6005
Joined: Mon, 19 Jul 2004
Location: Singapore
Contact:

Postby ksl » Sat, 30 Oct 2010 12:06 pm

yeah, providing they don't start removing the body parts and selling them on the black market, :o I guess we have no complaint! Though it sound like its getting more like a car repair shop with limited experience :roll: When i asked about the lupus which i suspected was drug induced the heart specialist was quite indifferent until it became sever and i just stopped the medication without his approval my liver enzyme was at a all time high of 230 when it should have been below 50. I have really lost faith in the medical world and from now on do most of my own research, to ensure that we stay on the right path with my consent.

User avatar
EADG
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 880
Joined: Thu, 01 Sep 2005

Postby EADG » Sat, 30 Oct 2010 2:45 pm

When some of my counts and markers were up in a recent health check, it warranted further analysis (more checks, more expense). It seemed sensible at the time, so I did them.

I won't go into details here but the pain and I believe damage, possibly permanent, from the subsequent tests (cameras where you wouldn't want them) by a reputable doctor have caused me to trust no doctor and to reiterate that you are ultimately responsible for your health.

When getting a second opinion, accept that these doctors cover for each other like an Old Boy's network.

Some of these tests do more harm than good. Some of it is an industry unto itself.

Question everything. If you don't get answers, or if you do and don't like the answers, go somewhere else.
Ape Shall Not Kill Ape


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests