[quote=“hexuan”]Something you should know if you have Asthma.
Going to hospital is one of the most popular Taiwanese pastimes - at any given time in a hospital in Taipei there will be over a thousand people waiting to see a doctor. Very very few of them will have anything wrong with them whatsoever.
If you have an asthma attack and end up in A&E you are in grave danger of not being seen due to the enormous number of Taiwanese with nothing whatsoever wrong with them wandering around looking for things to do. If you do get the attention of medical staff, instead of treatment, you are likely to be asked to fill in forms and have a conversation instead of the urgent life-saving medical treatment you need.
This happened to my wife at the Chang Gen Memorial Hospital (where the A&E doctors really really do NOT care) and to a lesser extent a Cathay where we managed to convince them to treat her.
This unbelievable attitude comes about I think because 99% of people in A&E do not actually require treatment. So the A&E staff just sort of wander about in a daze. If what had happened to my wife at Chang Gen had happened in the UK those two doctors would be struck off and the hospital would be looking at a huge lawsuit. My wife’s lips were starting to go blue and these cunts TWO OF THEM were asking her to fucking fill in a form.
Best to actually keep at home one of those nebulizer things they plug into the hospital oxygen. When you land in A&E it takes them for ever to get one.
Are there any decent private expensive hospitals here where the doctors actually have an ounce of professionalism and where the fees are high enough to keep the holidaymakers out ?[/quote]
I guess you just got unlucky this time with the doctor(s) you had. I had a “episode” a few weeks ago when I was in Taipei. Got really sick, terrible pains in my back and abdomen. I tried to get home (to Taidong) - went to the airport, but collapsed before I could board a plane. So we (the Little Woman and I) went to Chang Gong, which is just near the airport (maybe you went to the one in Linkou? Or Kaohsiung?). Anyway, the Chang Gong we visited was very good. I was given prompt attention - a shot for pain (Demerol, I think) and they ran a bunch of tests. Within the hour they had a diagnosis - kidney stones.
They offered to admit me, but I wanted to get home. I spent the night in the emergency room, next day managed to board a plane and returned to Taidong. A follow-up with a local urologist confirmed that Chang Gong’s diagnosis was correct.
So I have no particular complaints, other than that there is no place for the person taking care of you to sleep. She squeezed into the (very narrow) bed with me - would have been romantic had I not been so ill, with an IV drip in my arm. Maybe this is done intentionally to keep people from using the emergency room as a free hotel. As far as the paperwork goes, I can’t comment, as it was done for me.
But you are certainly right about hypochondriacs in Taiwan. A lot of people come into the emergency room with headaches and colds, which they could have treated by staying home and taking aspirin. In the regular daytime outpatient clinics, it’s even worse, with people just coming in to collect medicines they don’t need at all (simply because they get it for free). Not sure what placebos the doctors prescribe for them - maybe vitamin C tablets. Quite a few people convince the doctors to admit them, and they spend a week or two in the hospital watching cable TV, getting visited by sympathetic friends, receiving flowers, and gulping down medicines/placebos. I guess it’s more fun than staying at home, and the whole thing is free, so why not? Must be somewhat depressing to be medical staff and seeing all this waste of taxpayer’s money. No wonder the system is going broke.