Angry Doctor

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sometimes it's not about the bus

Thanks to one of his patients, angry doc learnt that a mobile clinic will be providing free health screening for the residents of certain neighbourhoods...


Patient: Doctor, the bus is coming to my estate next week - do you think I should go for the free screening?

angry doc: Well, we already know you have diabetes and hypertension, so you don't need to be screened.

Patient: But it's free!

angry doc: Screening is for people who don't know if they have the disease; you don't need to be screened.

Patient: But it's free!

angry doc: If you go for the screening, you'll just be wasting time to find out something you already know.

Patient: It's OK, I'm retired and I have a lot of free time. Plus it's free!

angry doc: It may be free for you, but it still costs the organisers money to do the screening, so it's probably better if they spend the money on people who need the screening.

Patient: But it's free to me, right?

angry doc: Would you like to sign an AMD? It's free with this consult.

8 Comments:

  • ha ha.

    Also, funny he should consult you about the mobile clinic since he's already made up his mind about going.

    By Anonymous 1 doc's other 1/2, At November 21, 2006 7:43 pm  

  • sigh..yeah..sometimes these pple do drive u nuts. dun u juz feel like whacking them inside out? really wonder sometimes if they left their brains at home...sigh, guess i also gonna tolerate these pple when i start working man...

    By Anonymous med student, At November 21, 2006 8:22 pm  

  • no wonder they taught us abt ICE..
    idea = mobile clinic is free
    concern = mobile clinic is free
    expectation = mobile clinic is free

    By Anonymous medstudent 101, At November 21, 2006 8:39 pm  

  • medstudent 101,

    Glad to see you have insight on the 'medicine' they've tried to teach you in COFM.

    And that was a damned funny post.

    By Blogger angry doc, At November 21, 2006 8:52 pm  

  • This is what we call the true blue Singaporean spirit. (:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 22, 2006 10:57 am  

  • By the way guys, do you know that the mobile clinic is run by TCM physicians?

    Read carefully.

    "Patients can get regular traditional Chinese medicinal treatment - costing one dollar for a day's medicine - or conventional check-ups.

    Twice a year, patients get free conventional health screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels. "


    The did NOT say "- or conventional treatment". Just the check up is conventional. Ie blood taken for glucose and cholesterol levels and BP measurement. The treatment however is via TCM.

    Granted it is very cheap. But it's still TCM which if I am not wrong, angrydoc is firmly against.

    You certainly don't hear who the western medical doctor is. Simply because there isn't one.

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At November 22, 2006 5:12 pm  

  • I agree with anonymous..... classic, classic Kiasu spirit, encapsulated so succinctly in that conversation.

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