Previously, when all my peers have already caught cough and colds, I would be the last person standing. Yes, you can take it literally. That’s when I thought my immune system works for me so well not until last June 24. I was confined at the hospital- for the first time! And the reason? High fever, cough and knee(s) pain. I’m a person who can just bear anything but not on that day. Pain is no longer tolerable. It felt, as if anytime I would be leaving my physical body. So, can you just imagine how it hurts?
I went to San Isidro Hospital (SIH) at around 3 PM and since their ONLY resident doctor was assisting a caesarian operation, I stayed only at the Nurses station. My knees were aching (so bad!) and I was so pale and after many instances of them insisting that I lay on the ER bed, I agreed. Finally, at around 4:30 PM, the first IV was injected. It did nothing, same degree of fever, similar unbearable knee pain! That’s when the doctor said that they need to monitor my condition; 39.5 degrees of fever for 2 days isn’t fine. Though, it’s not the hospital where I would want to be confined, it’s the only one near our place in which our HMO card is accepted. I was on sick leave and I need a medical certificate from an accredited hospital to present upon my return at work. While in their hospital bed (I was in at 7:30 PM), I was given 2 dextrose, few paracetamol, and some capsules (which I forgot the name) and NO DOCTOR! At 8AM, my family decided to transfer me to a relative’s hospital. It’s now okay for me not to use my HMO card because it’s already my rest days. And up to that moment I left the hospital, I did not see even the shadow of the assigned “DOCTOR”. It was ridiculous, absurd and incongruous! You’re paying them and yet you’re not getting the service you deserve. The pain is excruciating and yet, the nurses could just say that they can’t give any more medicines because the DOCTOR had not advised yet. How will they get advice or recommendations if in the first place, they do not have doctors!? Oh, those nurses, they appear before you and get your vital signs and temperature only after every 4 hours! (deep sigh) And you would not believe it; my almost 12 hours stay in that hospital was charged more than 13000 pesos!!! Grrr!
At Angono Medics Hospital (AMH), in no 30 minutes I was already in their hospital bed. Nurses visit you frequently. You are given medicines because the doctor said so. Yes, they got doctors around! Even their Medical Director will do her rounds and will go to your room too. She will assess how you’re feeling and your whole situation. I was confined until June 27, 8:30 PM, so that’s more than 2 days and my bill? It’s only 14000 pesos! You might say, it’s maybe because the Medical Director was a relative of ours but I would proudly utter, it’s NOT! It’s just that, they know so well how to take care of their patients!
To SIH: Hey, wake up! >-<
N.B. Philhealth shared with my bills and now, I wait for my insurance’s hospital income benefit. That would be 5000 pesos per day. I just hope they would process it immediately and precisely, if not, I’ll blog (BLAG!) them also!!! :)