What TTSH Doctor said

What TTSH Doctor said

Mr U. Govindan began taping his consultations with his Tan Tock Seng Hospital specialist to let his caregivers at home know what the doctor said. He said the doctor would not allow his wife or sons to be present during consultations.

This is an excerpt from his last consultation on Sept 8, 2010. As Mr Govindan could not talk, the recording has only what the doctor said, with pauses in between. This begins with the doctor commenting on the hole in Mr Govindan's throat, after telling him "there aren't very good reconstructive plastic surgeons in Singapore".

"But it looks very good. You look perfect. Four months, four years. Perfect, perfect, but with a hole lah. Perfect with a hole."

Pause

"I can ask the plastic surgeon to see you. But the plastic surgeon here is not very good lah."

Pause

"Private, very expensive. Very expensive, OK. If you do in private, it would cost you, I would think, $50,000."

Pause

"Are you sure you got insurance? Your insurance will pay for private meh? For this? Are you sure will pay completely?"

Pause

"OK, you go and check with them. Because the one in TTSH, the private plastic surgeon I think is quite junior, he can't make it work.

"If you want to do it in private, er, it can be done. But you had better check that it's going to work. If you do it in Mount E, I tell you it will cost you at least $50,000."

Pause

"No, lah, if there was any other way, I would have closed, I would have told you already lah. It's just plastic surgery.

"OK, you're very good. You go and check your insurance and you come back to me. OK? You give me a call lah, OK?"


This article was first published on Dec 14, 2014.
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