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Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore

I followed my friend to Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore, as she was there for a routine medical checkup at a private clinic located in this hospital building. This hospital is located at Napier Road which is quite close to Orchard Road. If you are taking public transport, the cheapest and easiest way is to take a bus. There is a bus stop just outside the hospital entrance and also directly at the opposite road. So if you are going there via Orchard Road, watch out for British Council on the left, you can alight at the next bus stop and just cross over using the overhead bridge. If you are traveling by bus via Holland Road, then looked out for Singapore Botanical Garden. Just alight after you see the Singapore Botanical Garden on your left and the bus stop is just at the entrance of Gleneagles Medical Centre.

 

Gleneagles Medical Centre Singapore

The Gleneagles Medical Centre is a private hospital in Singapore under the Parkway Health Group. When someone mentioned the word private hospital, you can be assured that it is going to be expensive if you are seeking treatment there. There are lots of private specialist clinics in this hospital and most of the patients are there to seek specialist consultation and treatments for their ailments. These private clinics are not directly under the administration of the hospital; but are privately owned clinics set up by specialist doctors. Anyway my friend is there for a routine medical check up and her appointment was on a Saturday morning. I asked her why did she choose to come here for a routine check up when such a simple procedure could be done in any Polyclinic or Government hospital in Singapore. She told me that this specialist doctor in this clinic is good ( attentive, professional and polite ). Well I am sure that if you are going to pay 3 to 5 times the normal rate, then you will get VIP treatment. It is just liked going to a hawker centre to eat chicken rice which cost $6 or in a nice restaurant in a Five star hotel which would cost $25. And most people I know hate to go to Polyclinics or public hospitals in Singapore because of the long queue and waiting time just to see the doctor. Also many people have the perception that the drugs that are given to patients at public hospitals are of a lower quality.

 

Gleneagles Medical Centre Singapore

We arrived at the private clinic on time and it was a nice place – quiet, carpeted floor and with nice leather sofa seats. The staff at the clinic was polite and after a short waiting time, it was my friend’s turn to see the doctor. She was in the doctor’s consultation room for about 20 minutes – that is quite a long time for consultation. I remembered visiting the Polyclinic many years ago and the young doctor at the Polyclinic only gave me a five minutes consultation and a medical leave chit, and was told to wait outside to pick up my medicine. So I guessed cheap medical care means cheap and fast service. When the consultation was over, the nurse told my friend to wait for a medical report that would be ready in a couple of days. The cost of this check up was S$280 and to my friend it was worth it.

 

Gleneagles Medical Centre Singapore

 

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Buy a Home for US$100

There is one hot topic that is been widely discussed both in the press and on other media; and that is the escalating property prices in Malaysia and Singapore. I have many friends in these two countries and they have told me that prices of homes have become unaffordable for the average income earners. In Singapore, government of Singapore had promised to increase the supply and speed up the construction of more HDB flats ( public housing homes ) for sale to its citizens. While in Malaysia, the government has introduced the My First Home Scheme to provide affordable housing to those lower income groups who are buying their first home.  Homes will be priced at RM230,000 ( US$76,400) and below and the eligible candidates can looked forward to 100% financing schemes for these homes. I would not go into the details of the schemes by the two governments as this is not the intention of this blog.

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Beautiful Homes for Sale in Malaysia

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Many friends that I have talked to told me that nowadays there is no such thing as buying cheap homes anymore. Well this statement is true if you intend to buy a home in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. But you can buy cheap properties in other countries. In fact whenever I told my friends that you can buy a house for US$100 in United States, many of them were very surprised and then skeptical. Fortunately these are my friends and they do not see me as a con artist when I make this statement.  Right now there is a big glut of foreclosures homes in the United States; and properties selling at very cheap prices are plentiful in supply. But is there a catch in buying these dirt cheap homes? Definitely yes, as these homes are in dilapidated conditions, just like a empty egg shell and there are many other issues to look into as well.

I have written a blog in my other website on buying cheap homes in United States and if you are interested in reading it, just follow the link below:-

Buy Cheap Properties in America

 

 

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