Everybody agrees that giving birth in a private hospital is definitely better than going to a public hospital. Many have this opinion due to the common assumption that the facilities and service in private hospitals are better, despite coming with a much higher cost.
For expecting parents who had no idea of how much it may cost, a TikTok user @reinalum has shared her first hand experience for the benefit of all parents out there.
For those who are unfamiliar with the term, NICU stands for newborn intensive care unit and this nursery provides round the clock care for sick or premature babies.
In the TikTok video, Reina said she overheard a conversation between a nurse and another couple when she was in the emergency room. She added that it was not her intention, but because there is only a white curtain separating them.
According to Reina, the woman was 34 weeks in and the nurse attending her said there was a 50-50 chance that the baby might need to be put into NICU.
However, the hospital they were in did not have its own NICU but they had an agreement with another private hospital to take these babies in if they needed it.
To most parents, they are worried about their baby and would agree to any terms. However, the nurse asked whether the couple wants to find out the cost of NICU at the private hospital first.
The nurse then revealed that the facility would cost them RM5,000 per day. Reina said she could feel the atmosphere in the room change instantly, adding that she only thought about this until after she heard about it.
“I just can’t believe it because I just gave birth happily and didn’t even consider all of this.” she said.
Meanwhile, netizens had in the comment section offered several advices and helped debunk some myths about public hospitals too.
A netizen suggested to go to the public hospital if you are having a high-risk pregnancy as not all hospitals have all the specialist at hand.
Another netizen also said that public hospitals are not as bad as people think it is, with one pointing out PPUM having friendly staff and the price is much kinder to the pocket.
Some even shared they were only required to pay RM1.50 a day to put their infant in NICU at public hospitals. The difference is definitely heaven and earth.
Having said that, it is best for expecting parents to choose the hospital that best suits their needs and to prepare a backup plan just in case things is not going as expected.
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