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  1. Sci10213

    Medical advice needed

    Hi Any doctors around? I would like to seek some preliminary advice... Recently for 1 week I have been experience frequent bouts of dizziness. Whenever I lie down & get up, my head start to spin - like to going to faint liao. And this only happens recently only. I never got such thing before. Is it due to low blodd pressure? Or stress? Or exhaustion? Or even the worst scenario i.e. something in brain? Can advice if I should go to see GP first or go to do some checkup at hospital or where? HELP PLEASE
  2. http://www.straitstimes.com/business/no-docs-at-7-family-clinics-of-troubled-healthway-group?xtor=CS3-20 Sinking ship... Anchor doctors not turning up for work already due to not being paid.
  3. i was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 6 years ago and have been on meds. (one pill a day). bought a GE hospital policy b4 my disgnosis and when i got warded for another issue, the co-payment thing applied. then my GE agent approached me and asked me to upgrade to their "100%" claim plan ... but required me to undergo medical tests which i have to pay for myself and not guarantee will accept my enrolment. so i refused to go for the med check and they rejected the proposal. then my AIA agent came to see me one day and told me about their 100% claim plan and then filled up the proposal and told me will get back to me. Called me up the next day and told me that his office told him that NOBODY will cover me becoz of my HBP. talked to an Aviva rep also ... and she also told me roughly the same thing ... pay more and and with exclusion. best one was got a cold-call from another AIA agent about 2 months back ... said will try to see what he can do .... never heard from him again after i told him i got HBP. so far have not had any sickness due to my HBP but it seems that insurance cos are very prudent nowadays with their selection of customers. any ins cos out there willing to cover me ??
  4. This guy must have true grit. Wow. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/from-ite-to-nus-secondary-school-dropout-gets-into-medical-school
  5. Hamburger

    Fake MC

    what is the repercussion of producing fake MC and the legal implications that it would lead to. Thanks for the heads up in advance.
  6. Ok guys, I know there are some docs in this forum so I need some advice. I have a old back issue which gives me leg pain. So I went to see a specialist in Jan this year in a public hospital. I asked the doc to see if it could be peripheral arterial issue and he said is very unlikely but an ultrasound will clear it up. He set up an ultrasound in Feb and followup appt in April. So i went for the ultrasound and the guy doing it verbally said everything looks ok and I will get my report through the doctor. Fast forward to April, my back is improving so I decided to cancel the followup appt and just want my ultrasound results. I called hospital and they refused to release the scan result (which I paid for) to me without me fixing an appt with the doctor. First thing I found out was, no doctor annotated on the results for over two months.... so if the scan showed something wrong, I bet treatment will be delayed for 2 months. Is this legal? Can't I change doctor and obtain the scan result and see my own doctor outside? Is there anything I can do to convince them to give me my scan results without setting up another appt.
  7. I am thinking with all these legislations, medical displinary councils, and all the money spent, won’t it be more efficient to create a body to track the outcomes of the patients of various Doctors? It is a step towards a value based healthcare where pay is linked directly to patient outcome but that is hard to do. One of the problems is that patients does not know who are the good Doctors. The government can set up an independent body to survey patients and track outcomes. Apply a consistent metric and make the information publicly available. It’s like word of mouth but regulated and much more reliable. It is also safer for Doctors as your practise is unlikely to be destroyed by one bad patient assuming u have lots of glowing reviews from other patients. Of course u have to start thinking about whether your patient will be happy after the treatment as now there is a stronger impact...
  8. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/4000-sign-petition-over-singapore-medical-council-ruling What do you guys think of this recent case? If doctors are to run through a series of possible side effects and risks, do you really understand? Right now, you simply has to sign a document before any procedure. Do you really read and say, no I better not go through this or you just have no other alternative. Is there a better way to address this and ensure doctors ensure they discharge their duties in the best interest of their patients.
  9. Hi guys. Need some advice . Father in law got blockage. May need bypass or balloning . Private specialist v ex. What are the options available ? Pioneer gen got cover? 1. Go polyclinic for referral then go govt hosp? How long would the process take? 2. Go a&e say heart pain. Got subsidy ? Tks Haizi
  10. Kjleck

    Medical leave issues

    hey guys was just wondering.... if i take mc (report sick outside), can i travel overseas? i work 8-5. so technically my mc will cover me till 5 only... does that mean i can fly if my flight's timing is after 5? hope to get some advice... ps: helping a friend to ask cheers!
  11. Mahjong74

    Hospital blunders!

    Source from http://news.xin.msn.com/zh/singapore/artic...umentid=4436687 IVF strict screening procedures to avoid error A Caucasian man and his Chinese wife , through IVF birth to a child, but found that the child's skin color and their different. DNA tests also showed that the child's DNA does not match with the Caucasian father. This means that hospitals may be used during the other man's sperm and egg to combine. The couple had asked Thomson Medical Hospital to give them accountable, and has sought legal advice to the lawyers. Solicitor, said acceptance of the station asked the couple by the trauma, pain shock. They are also most concerned about the health and welfare of children, do not know whether he has a genetic disease. The couple now want to know the truth, how could this mistake happen, when, who should be responsible? Thomson Medical Hospital , said the desk for the time being no comment. According to the station learned that the Ministry of Health requires all hospitals, during in vitro fertilization, to ensure that gametes from the right parents. However, concrete steps to develop the individual hospitals. Provided in the local hospital, another in vitro fertilization fertility specialist Raffles Medical Center said that by labeling and strict inspection procedures to ensure that errors do not occur. Raffles Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist consultant Dr. Xu Jinhui, said: "They take the sperm from Mr. patients to us when we will talk to his control, to determine their names, ID numbers are correct. They get to our laboratory test-tube Every time when we have two people each process to determine the right. " Better to consider in vitro fertilization couples, as heard amusing incident to worry about. Raffles Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist consultant Dr Lu Jia Italy, said: "The first reaction is of concern, in fact, very afraid. Have been better this morning, asking me questions." The hospital's regular process to embryo implantation in the uterus back to the patient before the patient through the screens to watch the preparation process of the embryo, and to check the above name is not his own, which makes the patient more at ease
  12. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/25/first-full-body-transplant-two-years-away-surgeon-claim In 2 years? Keep that ventilator running!
  13. Anyone knows what are the difference of a private medical insurance (paid with cash) vs a medishield private integrated plan which allows you to pay via medisave. I understand that you can add a rider(pay cash) to the medishield one to take care of the deductible and co-insurance. so in that case then there is no difference to the pure private vs the medishield private plans? or is there a catch somewhere? because it seems that the medishield private plans offer a better deal for the same type of benefits.
  14. Hmsg


    Anybody tried the Flexiseq gel? Is it effective? Saw a lot of advertising and reviews seemed good.
  15. Now i know why they say can die but not fall sick in SG. Asiaone
  16. Was hunting for travel insurance and came across NTUC's Enhanced PreX plans which cover pre-existing medical conditions. BTW, I'm not an agent, just sharing.. http://www.income.com.sg/forms/brochure/travel.aspx?ext=.pdf
  17. Blacksnow

    Medical appointment

    Hi, need some advice here. My father in law saw a doctor at TTSH recently and doctor suspected he has a tumour. Doc arranged for a biopsy in Sep. My wife didn't accompany him to the doc so she doesn't know what exactly the doctor said. She called the hospital but they said they can't reveal patient's info. So now my wife wants to know how serious this is and isn't comfortable waiting for another 2 months for a biopsy. What options does she have? How can she get more information from the TTSH doc? If go to private, will it be very fast to do a biopsy? What private clinics can she go? Mount E or Raffles medical all seem very expensive.
  18. Dear Folks, Got a question. I have recently been offered a position but as usual, need to clear the the pre-employment checkups. I would like to know how stringent are these checkups usually? I have been experiencing heel pain for quite sometime (recently), have not seen a doctor but someone told me it might be gout (hearsay). In the event if I really have gout (or even mild-high blood pressure), will it affect my chance of employment? I am getting rather paranoid as age is not on my side already
  19. As we are aware, this was raised recently with much promotion... Did you have one and how did it affect you, either Blue or Orange. Please provide feedback. Thank you
  20. Thaiyotakamli

    Doctor Saved 3 Yr Old Boy in Flight

    Two-year old boy diverts international plane! A plane with 315 passengers on board had to do an emergency landing on its way from Amsterdam to Singapore on 3 Jan 2016.(GMT) because of a 2.5 yr old boy. My wife and I were on board KLM Flight KL835 which departed from Amsterdam to Singapore at about 10 pm on 3 Jan 2016 (GMT). We just took off at 8.50 pm (GMT) and we were barely 1.5 hr into our 12 hr flight back home when the drama unfolded. I was taking something from my bag in the overhead luggage compartment to prepare for some much needed sleep when I heard a faint voice asking if there was a doctor around. A few seats behind us, I saw an anxious mother carrying an unconscious little boy, about two and a half years old. This was like déjà vu. Am I dreaming? Mental pictures of the dramatic resuscitation of the little boy who almost drowned in Temasek Club on 8 November 2015 flashed in my mind. Mouth to mouth resuscitation? Not again! I quickly went over and told her I am a doctor. The little boy appeared limp in his mother's arms. Quickly, I took the child and laid him on his side on an open space next to the emergency exit. "What happened to him?" I asked as I bent down to hear and feel if there was any breathing. "I don't know. Suddenly, he is not responding," she answered weakly. She looked terribly worried. I checked his vital signs and they were still strong. Thank God, the boy was just unconscious. No need for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Phew! The efficient KLM crew brought the Resus Kit and we quickly administered oxygen on him. He felt warm to the touch and a reading revealed he had a high temperature of 38.6 degree Celsius. I knew I had to cool him down quickly but his thick layers of clothes weren't cooperating. " Do you mind if I cut away his shirt?" I asked. "Yes, yes, please do whatever it takes, " his mother pleaded. But what was I thinking? I realized there may not be any scissors on board. I tried again and finally managed to take off his thick clothing. The crew brought the ice cubes I requested. I proceeded to give him a tepid sponge to bring down his fever. His temperature came down after 30 min of sponging and he started to cry. A good sign. . The child probably became unconscious after throwing a febrile fit during the flight. I found a pulse oximeter in the Resus kit. It worked on my finger but it was too big for the little child. By this time, an elderly male Caucasian doctor (looking very smart in his suit) and a young Asian doctor arrived on the scene to offer assistance. The lady doctor said she is an ICU specialist. The elderly male doctor said he an Internist. I struggled to hear him with all the commotion going on. The lady doctor asked if I was a doctor and about my area of expertise. I told her I am a family doctor, a general practitioner in Singapore. "Oh, then you are the best person to handle this kind of case"' she told all the anxious onlookers. Both of them discussed the boy's condition between themselves while I continued to sponge the boy with cold wet wipes placed all over his chest, neck and forehead. The two doctors concurred that given the long flight ahead, it was best to evacuate the boy at the nearest airport. By now, the boy's temperature had subsided. He started fussing, irritated by the cold wet wipes. "Okay, mummy, you can have your son back ... but please continue to sponge him." I told his mother who looked visibly relieved at this time. The captain explained the situation and told everyone he needed to make an unscheduled landing at Bucharest airport because of the boy's condition. The plane took another 30-40 minutes to dump fuel and we finally made an emergency landing at Bucharest airport in Romania for the boy to be evacuated to the hospital. It took another 4 hours for the plane to refuel while the 315 passengers waited patiently despite the obvious inconvenience caused. Most were hungry, tired and worn but no one made a disapproving sound. 65,000 liters of fuel dumped for emergency landing. Four hours of waiting by 315 passengers. Many passengers must have missed their connecting flights. That is how much it costs if someone falls sick at the most untimely moment in the air. But what is more important than the safety and wellbeing of the little boy? The Captain kept everyone updated regularly and thankedeveryone for their patience and understanding. I must compliment him and his crew for their professionalism and KLM for putting the safety and well being of the passengers as their priority. My wife and I chased the northern light from Iceland to Tromso in Norway. What can be more exciting than catching of the elusive "green lady"? But life loves to surprise us. This 12-hour direct flight became a 17-hour medical adventure in the sky. An adventure that may have given the green lady a run for her money. We were all tired when we landed in Singapore at 7.45pm (GMT +8) but KLM crew and the captain deserved a thumb up. I wrote a few lines of feedback to show my appreciation to the passengers , the captain and especially the male crew member William during the prolonged flight. Well done KLM. Thank you to the rest of the passengers. And let's pray for the boy's speedy recovery. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/saving-lives-on-land-and-in-the-air https://www.facebook.com/DrLowLeeYong/posts/909127299122651 http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/boy-3-almost-drowns-doc-saves-him-turning-him-upside-down http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/3-year-old-boy-nearly-drowns-in-pool-but-was-revived-after-doctors-perform#xtor=CS1-10 https://www.facebook.com/TheStraitsTimes/posts/10153205478852115 This doctor saved a drowning boy last year and now he saved this boy in flight. Great doctor indeed
  21. Little_prince

    Nurses, we should appreciate them more...

    some patients really too much....
  22. Let me cut it short. My aunty sat a taxi and was involved in an accident. She suffered some concussion and impact. Was admitted to hospital. My concern now is, is she able to claim her medical bill resulting from the accident. How much and what benefits will she be entitled? wad class of ward can she stay in? She can;t tolerate the heat in Class C wards. how can she go about claiming? engage a lawyer or leave it to the taxi company? can she claim for loss of income since she cannot go to work? read http://www.mycarforum.com/index.php?showtopic=2644240 for accident details.
  23. Dear all, I have a friend who have some supply of feeding milk(for adult as meal replacement) and syringe. Is there any non profit organisation or people my friend can donate to. Please advise and PM are welcome. Thanks Rustyz
  24. I saw this article on forbes and what this company is pursuing very interesting, could literally revolutionize the medical testing industry. What makes it more interesting is the CEO apparently got the idea while doing an intern in Singapore on a project to find Sars in patients. http://www.mercurynews.com/michelle-quinn/ci_26147649/quinn-meet-elizabeth-holmes-silicon-valleys-latest-phenom Quinn: Meet Elizabeth Holmes, Silicon Valley's latest phenom By Michelle Quinn mquinn@mercurynews.com POSTED: 07/15/2014 06:11:39 AM PDT6 COMMENTS| UPDATED: 5 MONTHS AGO Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford in 2003 as a 19-year-old to start Theranos, a company now poised to disrupt the medical diagnostic test market. She spoke about the company's vision at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday afternoon July 3, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) ( Karl Mondon ) Silicon Valley, much like baseball, has its share of phenoms, those up-and-comers who demonstrate extraordinary promise. Meet the latest: Elizabeth Holmes. The 30-year-old Stanford dropout turned paper multibillionaire has quietly worked for 11 years on her startup, which aims to give all of us better information about our bodies in a quest to revolutionize how we manage our health. "If people can really begin to understand their bodies, that can help them change their lives," she said during a recent interview at the Palo Alto headquarters of Theranos, a mix of the words "therapy" and "diagnosis." Over the past year, Holmes has embraced a more public profile, recently snagging the cover of Fortune magazine in what bore all the hallmarks of a carefully orchestrated media push. Her board includes a Who's Who of American political influence -- former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former Defense Secretary Bill Perry, a couple of former U.S. senators, a Marine general. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is one of her investors. FAMILIAR QUALITIES Holmes' drive to change the world has a familiar ring here. She may actually do it -- or not. It's always hard to know in Silicon Valley whether the hype matches the reality. Advertisement The tech industry has seen phenoms before. They are typically young, bold and single-minded with boundless ambition. Think Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg. What often distinguishes great leaders are qualities like determination and persistence, but something else too, said Bob Sutton, a Stanford engineering school professor and co-author of "Scaling Up Excellence." "They believe they are destined to do something special," he said. Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford in 2003 as a 19-year-old to start Theranos, a company now poised to disrupt the medical diagnostic test market. She spoke about the company's vision at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday afternoon July 3, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) ( Karl Mondon ) In that respect, Holmes is cast from the same mold as Jobs et al. She launched the company, she told me, after "thinking about what is the greatest change I could make in the world." Holmes, who hates needles, zeroed in on blood tests as a starting point. If blood tests were easier, cheaper and more convenient -- Theranos aims to put a lab within a mile of any city dweller -- people could take multiple tests over time and see signs of a disease or condition before it's too late, Holmes argues. She recalled the death of her uncle, whose skin cancer progressed rapidly to brain cancer. "You look at something like that and it doesn't make sense," she said softly. "If it was caught in time, it's a completely manageable condition." To that end, Theranos has devised software and hardware so that with just one pinprick of blood, critical medical tests can be run more cheaply and more conveniently. In September, Theranos and Walgreens announced a deal to open Theranos "wellness centers" at one Walgreens in Palo Alto as well as 20 stores in Phoenix. The goal is to expand to all 8,200 Walgreens stores nationwide. Theranos' main revenue stream is payment from customers or their insurance providers for lab tests. The company has other revenue streams through its long-term strategic partners, which it declined to discuss. With Theranos, Holmes is taking on the $70 billion U.S. blood-testing industry dominated by companies such as Quest and LabCorp. But she says her aim is something bigger, creating a new market called "consumer health technology," which Holmes describes as engaging and empowering people about their health. "Here in California, I can go and buy a gun and shoot myself but I can't order a vitamin D test because I might do something quote 'clinically dangerous,' " she said. "We feel strongly over time that this has to change." Shultz, who meets weekly with Holmes to discuss the business, described Theranos as "on the cusp of a real movement in preventive medicine." "What Elizabeth is doing is important in diagnostics, that the more you are able to spot something before it occurs, the more you can do something about it," he said. 'CRITICAL PIECE' Theranos faces numerous regulatory, logistical and market challenges, said Eric Lakin, an analyst with DeciBio Consulting, a market research firm. Still, the potential is great. "With current efforts to realize the dream of personalized medicine, Theranos may play a critical piece in this puzzle," he said. "But as with all puzzles, it often takes time to collect these pieces and put them together in a meaningful way." Holmes' background is right out of the phenom playbook. Growing up in Texas, Holmes taught herself Mandarin and launched a business in high school selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities. She applied for her first patent while at Stanford, where she majored in chemical engineering. In the summer before her sophomore year, she went to Singapore to work at the Genome Institute on the SARS virus. Then she dropped out of Stanford to begin working on Theranos, using the money her parents had saved for college for the business. "She may be the female Mark Zuckerberg that Silicon Valley has been waiting for," said Vivek Wadhwa, a professor and researcher at Stanford and Duke and a lecturer on entrepreneurship. "She started when she was young, defied the odds and built a great technology, and is doing good for the world." Tim Draper, the venture capitalist, said Holmes, who was friends with his daughter growing up, is the first entrepreneur he knows who kept quiet about her business for so long "so that the competition wouldn't get a chance to start." "She had a winner and knew it," he said. His firm DFJ Venture was the first to invest. In recent years, Theranos' head count has mushroomed to about 500 employees, up from 100 in 2010. It took over the former offices of Facebook at the Stanford Research Park. Holmes has raised $400 million, valuing the entire company at $9 billion. She has a 50 percent stake, leading Forbes to call her "the youngest woman to become a self-made billionaire." As for her gender, Holmes, who wears all black suits and heels and speaks in a deep, soft voice, has never allowed herself to think of it as an issue, she says. But she knows people are paying attention. "If I can show that in this country, a 19-year-old girl can drop out of school and build something like this," she said, "then other women should be doing it."
  25. As per above. Have pain in right wrist sometimes and thinking of going the TCM route (acupuncture, herbs). Would appreciate any info from those who have consulted the sinsehs at TTSH or Rafles Hospital.