The ninth August I’m at the Bay Pointe Hospital reading a book from my E-reader and enjoying my wait to see my Doctor. Refer to last week’s Article: LiP 08-06 (Hey Buddy, can you Spare a Stapler) BTW my next operation is a go on the 1st week of September.
Deeply involved in the book, I noticed a foreigner drop into the seat beside me. I was the only Kano sitting in the waiting room, so I kinda understood why he picked me, but his tale of woe started without me saying a word, I shut down my e-reader to hear what my fellow Kano had to say.
He was upset because he had just bought a new car and was not going to be able to use it for months. I asked why, and explained to him that because of my loss of balance (After my operation) I now use a walking stick and on my own decision won’t drive my car as I don’t feel I’m ready yet. My new friend also was lamenting the high cost of airline fare to get him back to a US Hospital.
So I gleaned that he was not utilizing Philippine Medical care and he felt safer flying to the US of A for medical treatment, but he was interested in why I decided to have it done here. I explained that mine was an emergency that threatened my life and flying was never an option. But then I also stated that I trusted my Doctors and never had a bug-out plan. But I respect his right to his opinion to fly home.
Still waiting, and still talking with my new found buddy I found that his doctor was also my doctor and we had similar ailments but he was not bleeding and he was still in the very early stage of the treatment phase with plenty of time to think about it.
So he asked me what I thought. I said; “Hey my friend, the dude saved my life and I’m steady on the road to full recovery!” My opinion, I guaranteed was tainted in the doctors favor. But I still told him that it was his and only his decision to make.
He is not the first Foreigner to feel the way he does, and nothing I could do or say could change his mind, as if I’d even wanted to try. Part of the problem is with the Philippine rich, who fly to Europe, other parts of Asia and the US of A for medical treatment, so I can’t blame him.
Me, I’m pleased with the care I’ve received and the cost of what I had to pay, when he is stateside he’ll have to pay his co pay on US prices not Philippine prices. I saw his eyes light up when I said that; (Remember the airfare too).
Of course I will said nothing to our doctor, as that would not be my right to do so, I hope it all works out for him, and that this will be his only medical problem he’ll have at his age and while living here, because all those trips to the land of the big PX could become very expensive.
I might be 100% wrong in the way I think, don’t think so, but once more; “That’s Your Opinion.”