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Old 10-08-2022, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by quek View Post
My older relatives always go for public (restructured) hospitals whenever they need to be warded, some as subsidised patients and some as private patients.

Most of them have hospitalisation insurance. But they still choose SGH, TTSH and the like.

They say that once you go for private, the costs may balloon out of control and a lifetime of savings may be wiped out (even with insurance coverage).

Is it true?

I've never been hospitalised, but as I'm getting older, I need to prepare to decide between public and private healthcare one day.
Yes, itís true. My father had a medical misadventure at a private hospital and for 44 days of hospitalisation, it cost $188k.

It was such a bad mistake and so costly that my siblings refused to send my father to private hospitals again. In the end, he passed away due to medical negligence of a public hospital. I am sure some of you would ask if itís due to negligence, why wouldnít I pursue? I tried pursuing the first medical misadventure and I realised that the medical field is so well-protected that thereís no way we can sue a doctor unless we are super rich. No doctor would help us testify that another doctor made a mistake.
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