Why going for the subsidized rate is not just about dollars and sense (part 2)

This is a continuation of the previous post. I will be talking about the third pediatric cardiologist appointment mostly and my personal thoughts and feelings on this matter.

The third visit was a much more familiar scene to me. The doctor did not say anything out of the usual clinical setting (eg: how are you , hows everything , are you taking medicine?). The only portion which was weird is in this two parts..

“Why did you stop the medicine?”

We explained to the doctor that the medicine is causing her to not have an appetite and she was having diarrhea once a while ( which the previous doctor said we should stop if it occurs)

The answer from the doctor was definitely a no go in my opinion. Rejecting our observations and flatly repeating that the medicine will not cause any loss of appetite. (A quick search…however states otherwise.) Anyway, we were then graced by another doctor which popped in randomly and requested for an echo scan. Back to the econ scan with the two radiographers (they were very patient with baby Domo even though she was rioting in the end).

The scan results were out and the doctor said that the hole was bigger now (which i suspect is cause of the heart growing bigger, this possibility was also brought up by the very first doctor). So as always, I asked the doctor when can she go for the operation, the replied was when she is 5kg (she was about 3+ at that time). In my mind, I was like oh so thats about 2-3 months max assuming the rate of growth is 100g/ week. I decided to reconfirm, so when she is 5kg, she will go for the operation?

Oh no, we will continue to monitor first.” Did you just backpedal on me?

So once again, baby Domo is prescribed diuretic but this time round the doctor acknowledged that her appetite will be affected and so, ask us to only give at night and after her meals (thereby reducing her dose by half). Fair enough, so this concluded the visit itself, as we walked down to the pharmacy to take our diuretic.

Speaking of the pharmacy, KKH is now providing drug delivery system which we tried on the latest visit. We queue as per normal and when we want to register for the queue number, we told the pharmacist that we want to arrange for delivery. After filling up some forms and selecting the timeslot, we can then GO OFF WITHOUT ANY MORE QUEUING. Best of all, they are not charging for delivery as they are just rolling out this initiative.

At the end of these visits, I really feel that sometimes it might really be better to just pay a premium for things especially when it comes to medical. If not for the huge difference in the amount (40 vs 130) and the uncertainty in her treatment plan, I would take definitely go on the private route.

For those who have such experiences, I will like to know more so, please share with me below in the comment box below.

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