Monday, October 11, 2010

Not all doctors are ethical.

Chun Wen's mother was worried because her son has a slight swelling on his right neck below the ear. Insisting that he has to seek a specialist, they visited a nearby hospital for an ENT consultation. Upon seeing the doctor, mother and son became even more concern. Because doctor suggested the son has to be admitted on Monday soonest, biopsy and possible surgery to be done to remove the node. The attending doctor almost forced them to register the admission immediately.

Out of panic, the mother called me on phone to take my advice whether to go ahead of the surgery. Luckily she called. I told her to gently tell the doctor there that they needed to consult the father first. Meanwhile to go to another hospital to seek another opinion. A second opinion could be the decider.

On seeing another ENT specialist later, Chun Wen was only given some medication and no treatment was necessary. The diagnosis was swollen lymph node or throat infection. They felt more relieve after attended by this doctor.

See! Different doctors have different approaches. Some like threat by adding fear over your sickness. The ethical one would be more frank and sincere. Question: How would we know which doctor is telling the truth. My experiences from my medical selling is... A Good doctor always offers various options before surgery is required. Don't tell you are insured with medical insurance first, even if hospital or doctor ask. Reason: They abuse the right of insurance and it doesn't benefit the patients.

Chun Wen & his entire family are my clients. Looks like they take my advices more than the doctors. I am sure the son would recover soon and Thanks God, he doesn't need to be moved into the operation theatre after all. Doctor and hospital must be angry with me now. Har Har!!!

My strong belief in ethics - “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” - W. Clement Stone quotes

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