In a heartwarming testament to Malaysia’s healthcare system, Mr. Lee Vi Hua shared his family’s journey through a medical crisis on Facebook, highlighting the compassion and affordability he experienced during a critical time. This article delves into the details of Mr. Lee’s story, praising Malaysia’s public healthcare as the “kindest in the world.”
A Sudden Health Crisis
On December 15 last year, just two days before a planned family vacation to Japan, Mr. Lee’s wife, Vicki, experienced a sudden and severe headache. Alarmed by her symptoms, they sought medical attention, eventually leading to a diagnosis of a brain haemorrhage.
The doctor recommended an urgent brain coiling procedure, available at Gleneagles Hospital in Johor, but the estimated cost was a staggering RM150,000. Despite having insurance, Mr. Lee faced financial concerns and opted to proceed with the procedure at Gleneagles.
A Twist of Fate
Vicki tested positive for COVID-19 during pre-surgery testing at Gleneagles, triggering a transfer to the central government hospital in Johor Bahru. This unexpected turn led to isolation, complicating communication between the family.
Further challenges emerged as Vicki’s neurologist and the Gleneagles doctor were both on vacation. This led to a decision to proceed with surgery at the central government hospital, extending Vicki’s hospital stay and coinciding with her birthday.
After enduring these challenges, Vicki’s successful surgery brought relief to the family. However, the most surprising aspect awaited Mr. Lee when settling the hospital bill. To his astonishment, the cost for 26 days in the hospital, including life-saving brain surgery, amounted to just RM258 (S$74).
Comparing Affordability: Public vs. Private Healthcare
Mr. Lee expressed his gratitude, comparing the minimal cost at the public hospital to the RM2,500 (S$717) charged by Gleneagles for a three-hour stay. Even a CT scan at the private hospital cost RM1,500 (S$430).
In a jubilant tone, Mr. Lee declared Malaysia’s public healthcare system as the “kindest in the world,” emphasizing the exemplary care received at an incredibly affordable price.