After getting back the results of the blood works and confirming that I am indeed pregnant, the next time I see the doctor she sends me to do blood works again. And three days after that, again. It’s too soon to do an ultrasound yet. But why does she send me to do blood works every three days? The doctor kind of makes us believe that this is necessary to monitor the hormones (which are at perfectly normal levels, by the way).
We ask others who have been pregnant in the past and they confirm that it isn’t necessary to do blood works every three days. So one day after the doctor wants to send me to do blood works for the xth time, Y is furious: “The hospital is cheating us out of our money. We’ll have to find another hospital.” And sure enough, this is the last time we are at this one hospital.
One of our female co-workers recommends a hospital that is specialised in treating women and kids and isn’t too far from our place. It’s crowded and not exactly a hospital where I would like to give birth to our child, but it seems to be perfectly okay for normal check-ups. The doctor sends me to do an ultrasound and tells us to come back in three weeks’ time, at pregnancy week 10, which does sound reasonable.
Being pregnant in a country where things work completely differently from your home country can be a challenge, but a doctor who makes you feel worried about your baby’s health although there should have been nothing to worry about? Now that’s a completely different story.
P.S.: In many cases, doctors in China earn very little considering the costs of their education and the responsibility that comes with their job. They often receive bonuses if they prescribe medicine or send patients to do lab tests, leading to doctors prescribing a lot more medicine and lab tests than would be medically necessary.
Have you ever had the feeling that a doctor wanted to cheat you for your money?