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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Insist on itemised billing at private hospitals..


THE private healthcare industry in this country is a very lucrative business.

As it is a business entity, its core aim is to make money. Many complaints have been made on how these entities charge for their services.

It is not disputed that there are multiple costs in running a hospital. However, this has been exploited by the management of these facilities to get huge returns.

The most common areas where the mark-up is significant are in the medication and lab investigations/diagnostics (x-ray, scan, etc).

There is sometimes a five-fold increase in medicine prices at private hospitals compared to pharmacies outside.

The hospital management is clever in disguising this cost by lumping all the medication in a single statement in the bill, for example as pharmaceuticals/disposables.

Some private hospitals charge a so-called dispensing fee which means that this fee is meant for the pharmacy assistant just to take the medicine from the counter and pass it to you.

The lab investigations is another area where there is gross increase in charges. This is more so after office hours or on public holidays.

The same amount of reagent/materials is used for running the blood sample during office hours; the only extra factor is the labour charge.

Always insist on itemised billing when you frequent private hospitals. Then you will realise who really makes the money.

EXPENSIVE MEDICINE,

Kuala Lumpur.

2 comments:

  1. Semalam saya ke Hospital Pakar KPJ Johor Jln A.Samad,JB utk mendapatkan rawatan sakit perut(gastrik),sakit saya bertambah parah disebabkan cara petugas semacam memaksa saya menjalankan segala bentuk prosuder yg saya fikir tidak perlu,bayangkan saya dirawat oleh 2 org doktor pakar dan seorg MO,dan memaksa saya utk tinggal semalam di wad untuk test selanjutnya, apabila saya enggan, dan meminta surat refer ke Hospital Kerajaan, mereka meminta saya membayar sebanyak RM670 dimana RM300 adalah utk bayaran Doktor Pakar yg tanpa memeriksa saya dan cuma memberi kenyatan selama 10 saat(beliau agak terdapat batu dlm hempedu). Saya pulang tanpa bekalan ubat untuk meredakan sakit saya. Di dalam surat lapuran utk Hospital Kerajaan jelas menyatakan bahawa semua diagnolisa yg di buat menunjukkan saya hanya mengidap gastrik.Disini kesimpulannya Hospital Swasta memang "CEKIK DARAH''PENIPU' & tidak ikhlas untuk menolong raayaat yg sakit.

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  2. The point is lg besar company lg besar penipu,padahal dh untung byk tk cukup,nk lg byk bior rakyat habis berhutang sampai mampos,skg manusia mati meninggalkan hutang dunia dan hutang akhirat,di sebabkan kebanyakan sibuk bekerja lebih 8 jam sb sara keluarga,pelabor dtg kjp je dh kaye,kita pekerja bwh sampai mati sibuk kerja.

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