I ACCOMPANIED my sister to a private clinic recently because she had a swollen foot.
During the checkup, we explained the situation to the doctor.
I noticed that the doctor only asked us questions and glanced at my sister’s foot without checking it thoroughly.
We were then prescribed medicine without being told why it was swollen.
Thinking that the doctor knew best, I didn’t ask questions.
However, a week later, I took my sister to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital because it was still swollen and we wanted a second opinion.
The doctor did a thorough checkup and explained why my sister’s foot was swollen.
Knowing that the doctor at RIPAS Hospital would prescribe different medicine, I took along the medicine we received from the private clinic and asked the doctor if it was okay to consume along with the new medicine.
I was surprised to hear from the RIPAS Hospital doctor that the medicine prescribed by the doctor at the private clinic was not good for consumption as it was too strong for the stomach to handle.
This got me thinking if medicine from private clinics are regulated or not.
Do private clinics receive their medicine shipment through the Ministry of Health or do they bring it in themselves?
On a side note, I am thankful to the doctor at RIPAS Hospital who treated my sister and shed some light on the medicine.