Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Avoid this clinic! Today, I was persuaded by Alina Rastam to see a doctor for my flu so I went to this clinic in Lucky Gardens Bangsar. My consultation with the doctor, a Dr Lalitha, was rather uneventful, although I noted that she did not ask to take my temperature or put her stethoscope to my chest or take my blood pressure. But no matter, I had self-medicated myself with Lemsip and just needed an antibiotic to nuke the bug. I also needed her to give me something for a skin infection. Anyway, when I was asked to settle my bill, it came to a whopping RM128. Breakdown: RM35 for consultation, RM15 for the anti-fungal cream, and RM78 for the antibiotic. I said, thanks but no thanks for the antibiotic because if the doctor gave me a prescription I could walk down the street to the nearest pharmacy and pick it up for only RM36. To my utter shock, the answer was a firm 'no'. No prescription, even though I had paid for the consultation. The dispensing clerk, however, offered to bring down the price of the antibiotic to RM55. I said no, because I believe that the prescription was due to me with the consultation. Surely it was my right as a patient to decide if I wanted to get my medication from a clinic or pharmacy! Anyway, the long and short of it was I walked out of the clinic sans prescription and will be reporting this flagrantly unethical case of bullying and profiteering to the Malaysian Medical Council. I will also make sure this goes out to the press. Meanwhile, feel free to share this post and warn your friends about this clinic.
With such promising career how not to tumble down like a rolling stone.
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