Friday, June 15, 2007

Excerpt from The Star

Apparently, doctors aren't communicating effectively with their patients, so reports the Friday's Star:So, I found it difficult to muffle my laugh when I had a good look at the Star's report. Talk about ironic.
(cheap thrill, I know. Sorry, Star! We still like you)


Anonymous midnite lily said...

tell me abt it. i was scolded by a doctor once when i asked him abt medication he prescribed to me that made me feel drowsy. i had seen him because the internal pain in my right side, persisted even after his medication. he accused me of making things up and thinking i knew better after all his years of practising medicine. he later called my dad to "lecture" my dad about me. this *was* a family doctor who knew kidney disease ran in the family. mind you, i had to see another doctor and a specialist all on advice by friends not to let the issue go. after seeing the nephro, only did they find the cysts.

i went to find a "new" GP to frequent, and she seemed more accepting of the fact that people look up problems on the internet. i found it easier to talk to her, and she explained things to me.

5:17 AM  
Blogger blueapple said...

Dont they, the govt, the media all just like to talk.. and not do anything..sigh**

2:44 AM  
Blogger Hua Jern said...

The level of patient-doctor communication in a govt hospital is clearly deficient. I am not accusing of every doctor in govt service, there still are angels around. But with the God-like consultants, blur HOs, busy MOs, the average grade of communication is a big fat C.
I have personally been told off by my boss for taking too much time explaining to patients as 'they won't understand anyway, don't waste time'.
However you have to consider i see up-to 100 inpatients/day when I am on-call on a weekend. The task at hand is to keep the guy alive, everything else is secondary.
Even today, I saw 16 outpatients in my specialist clinic, and 44 inpatients. I as usual got 'whacked' by my consultant for taking too much time.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Hua Jern said...

The scary thing is, what I do is not out of the ordinary. Every other guy in my dept is as busy, or worse.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sharp eyes vagus!

1:35 PM  

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