Yesterday morning I woke up feeling less than great…My stomach was killing me and I had aches and pains all over. Throughout the day it just got worse and by midday, I ended up in bed drinking soup and feeling miserable. Then, this morning I woke up hoping to have fought it off in my sleep, but unfortunately this was not the case. I felt even worse this morning: weak, achy, feverish, and knots in my stomach. A visit to the doctor was in order, but as a new arrival in Singapore, I had no idea where to go. I looked up a list of GPs from my insurance network to see who would be open on Saturday and off I went to Paragon, where on the 9th floor, you will find the Singapore Medical Specialist Clinic. Actually, I think I went to the wrong place, but I didn’t care, I just needed to see the doctor and get some meds!
I was very pleasantly surprised to have such a lovely experience (If you can even say that about going to see the Dr. when you are sick!). After filling out my information, I was seen in about 5 minutes by an internal medicine specialist Dr. Chong Yeh Woei. He was very friendly and efficient and as it was not clear if I had picked up a virus or if it was food poisoning, he gave me meds to treat all the symptoms and some anti-biotics that I could choose to take or not take if I didn’t get better. He also said to email or text him if there are any questions or problems. Very personal and helpful service. All of the medication was given to me at checkout and the entire bill for the exam and all of the meds (as you can see in the photo, there are a lot of meds!) was $150 sgd, without insurance. Personally, I think that was 150 dollars well spent. In Switzerland or America, if you are sick on a saturday, you normally have to go to an emergency care clinic, where you can wait hours in a dirty waiting room full of sick people, before you see the doctor, then you still have to go to the pharmacy to get all of the drugs. Here it was a one stop shop. clean and nice, offering beverages in the waiting room, if you even wait long enough to have one. And, in case you are interested, or in need, they actually do just about everything here- wellness, internal medicine, imaging, cancer treatment, heart health, etc… All the info is below along with some snapshots of my day.
My Stomach Virus Cocktail
Staying in bed all day means at least I can catch up on some reading =)
Selection of Vegetarian Soups from Marketplace in Paragon Mall
Feeling a Bit Better
Meds: check, Soup: check, Hot bath: check, Now it’s just waiting it out in bed. Being an expat in new countries always means a bit of anxiety the first time you have to seek medical attention. So, I am very happy to say that I am impressed with the level of service and efficiency that is available in Singapore.