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.
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.
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.