There has been much discussion recently regarding rising healthcare cost (Treat what ails healthcare market; March 12). It brings to mind an experience I had.
In December last year, I visited the podiatry clinic at Changi General Hospital. After an examination and consultation, I was told that a reinforcement to my current insole would be adequate.
Following this, and seemingly as an afterthought, I was told to take a few short walks for the podiatrist to take videos of my gait. This was done with his smartphone.
I was charged $47.50 for the examination and consultation, and another $47.50 for "Biomechanical Assessment", that is, the video.
When I asked the podiatrist about the charge, all he could say was that it was the "hospital's policy", and that the video would be uploaded into my file.
I wrote to the hospital but to date, I have not received an explanation nor even an acknowledgement.
Wong Nin Jee