commercialisation and private hospitals
a young man was stabbed and rushed to a private hospital in cheras. the hospital insisted for an upfront payment of $5,000 or else no admission. only after rushing home and returned with the money was the injured admitted into the operation theatre. it was more than an hour passed. the next thing was for the doctor to come out and said it was too late. the young man died. and the hospital will not release the body unless the medical bill is fully paid. such thoughtlessness and uncaring nature of man at its worst are beyond belief. this happened in kl, malaysia. the private hospital was owned by singaporeans. this is the consequence when privatisation leads to the compromising of the original mission of setting up a hospital, to save life. even in an emergency, everyone is thinking about money. no money just too bad. this dehumanisation of life must be put to an end. privatisation is a four letter word. my experience of being stung by a stonefish and rushed to a nearby island where shell had an inhouse clinic is a glaring example of the harm privatisation can caused to human life and humanity. the shell medical staff treated me immediately without a single question ask about money or payment. and i left after being treated, expending their time and medicine and professional help, without paying a cent. i could have lost my leg or at least my toe, and an expensive medical bill if i was rush to a hospital. this basic goodness of human nature is lost in our madness for profits and money. when shall we be less mercenary? where is philantrophy and the goodness of man? we have exchange our humanity for money, and to some it is good. it is the right direction to go...to hell. ps. the young man happened to be related to najib razak, dep pm of malaysia.