After publishing my last post “Back From Outer Space“, I got sick again. The article was written at 4am and starting at 6am, I was vomiting every 5-10 minutes. This lasted for 12 hours and almost dehydrated my body to the point that I cannot even stand up straight and life my own weight. I have hyperacidity and I believe the sickness was triggered by me drinking cold water at 5am with an empty stomach. At 6pm, Jen rushed me to the hospital and was immediately injected with an IV + vitamins.
The hospital I was rushed in to is a private hospital in our town in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. I stayed there for one day only but was charged for 2 days because I wanted to be discharged at 6pm the following day (which was past the 12 noon “checkout time”). The reason why I wanted to be discharged was not because I was feeling better. In fact, until today I’m not feeling 100% ok. The real reason is the exorbitant charges of private hospitals to patients. For one day only, I was given 3 IV’s and a few tablets and caplets for hyperacidity and fever. You know how much I paid for them? A whopping PhP 11,530! Truly, hospitalization costs in the Philippines are far too high than they should be. This is expensive even for affluent families let alone for a poor blogger like myself.
I just got curious about my hospital bills because the two previous times I got hospitalized, we went to a public hospital and did not spend more than PhP 5,000 for a combined total of 9 days (7 days the first time and 2 days the second time). The nurse on duty obtained the partial bill and I almost lost consciousness when I saw the total. I asked the nurse if they had operated on me or if I had a caesarean section delivery, which would have logically explained why I incurred that amount in 24 hours. The nurse was laughing because it was not the first time she saw that kind of reaction. I told her “I’m going home” right there and then even if they were hesitant to release me. For what? So I will be charged PhP 11,000 more for another day of staying in a room ventilated only by a rusty ceiling fan? WTF! I went home with the last IV still injected in me and Jen removed it (this time it’s free) when it was emptied after 4 hours.
Now I know firsthand why health care in the Philippines sucks and why many patients die not of disease or sickness but of high hospital bills that are guaranteed to raise your blood pressure to a fatal point.
Health Tip and Moral Lesson: DON’T GET SICK!