Eddy Edvaldo Chua’s father was hospitalised for a heart condition and had to go for a heart bypass surgery. He recovered well for the first two days but after being transferred out to the High Dependency Ward, he suffered from a heart attack and was sent back to the ICU where he suffered another two heart attacks, said Mr Chua in a Facebook post.
“Luckily, he was resuscitated by the professional and dedicated team over at National Heart Centre Singapore. Really grateful of them for the professionalism,” Mr Chua said. “I would never forget the days he had electrical components and pipes going around his body. It was still heartbroken to see.”
Mr Chua’s father stayed in the ICU for a good 22 days and thereafter, more than a month at the High Dependency Ward and isolation ward. He also developed shingles halfway during his stay, according to Mr Chua.
The surgeries, medical procedures and medicines for a hospitalization of close to 2 months did not come cheap. The Chua family were briefed frequently by the financial services of the hospital. The family had mentally prepared themselves for the huge costs that would be billed to them.
“The total cost was at a whopping $207k. That’s easily the cost of a 3-room BTO in Tengah. But we were lucky that we are Singaporeans and seeked treatment in a public hospital. There’s a government subsidy of $162k. That’s easily 78% of the total cost, leaving us with a payment of $44k,” Mr Chua wrote.
Medisave paid for $4249
Out-of-pocket payment? $ZERO
If that is not a great system, what is?