That may have been the case at one time. But I have been hearing plenty of good things about our government hospitals from my friends who had their operation done there. They were happy with the standard of nursing care, and above all, the low medical charges. They didn't have to break the bank to pay for their surgery and hospitalization.
|Ward charges at government hospitals (from Hospital Kuala Lumpur website)|
|Ward charges per day at the private hospital in PJ where my mom stayed.|
If money is not an issue, of course we want to provide the best care for our elderly parents. But if that means digging a deep hole in our retirement savings, or worse, getting into debt, we might want to consider a much cheaper alternative - the government hospital. The service is just as good, if not better than in the pricey private hospitals.
AKPK, Ms Koid Swee Lian, (Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency) advises. "While the government service may be a bit slow simply because there are many patients, you can actually save quite a lot of money there."
According to her, "in the Chinese community friends and relatives will say you are heartless if you don't send your parent to the best hospital. But what if you can't afford it?"
Many people use their credit card to pay a deposit first when they get their parent admitted to a private hospital in an emergency. They have no idea about the medical expenses till the bills are presented to them. That's how they get into debt. About 26 per cent of people who seek help from AKPK do so because they have defaulted on loan repayment for high medical expenses, says Ms Koid.
|Sungai Buloh Hospital|
Our healthcare system is among the best in the world. It is heavily subsidized by the government (taxpayers money), so hospital charges and medicine can be kept low, even free. In case you are not aware, anyone who has contracted an infectious disease such as malaria, can be treated at the Sungai Buloh hospital absolutely FREE.
Let's have more faith in our public hospitals and healthcare system.
|Note the caption on the bus.|