This is a discussion on Polyclinic within the Singapore Pediatricians and Baby friendly Doctors forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Rather than private pediatrician, may i have some advices on going to a polyclinic for my baby's check's? Any experience ...
Rather than private pediatrician, may i have some advices on going to a polyclinic for my baby's check's? Any experience to share please?
As for doctor, you will be seeing the same doctor at every check-up, so you dont't have to worry about seeing different doctors and having to repeat the same old story every time you go. My girl's doctor is very meticulous. She makes sure we understand what is going on, and will be glad to answer any questions we have, patiently. Especially for new parents, we are always anxious when little bit of things happen. She was also the one who referred us to the National Skin Centre when my girl's eczema was quite bad. Also, a referral from a polyclinic means you get government subsidies when you visit a specialist.
I personally feel a polyclinic doctor is good enough for minor ailments. They are after all, also qualified to practice here in Singapore. I believe they are more cautious and appear "less confident" about prescribing medication, cause they are under a government institution. And also probably because they dont't have as much experience as those doctors in a private clinic? After all I think doctors in private clinics usually have already accumulated years of experience.
So far I've only been to a private clinic once, spent $100 there when dear daughter was sick. Reason we went was because we went polyclinic on a Monday and it was VERY crowded. So we decided not to wait and see a private doctor instead.
For vaccinations and check-ups, there will be an appointment fixed so you dont't have to worry about crowds. So far whenever we have an appointment, we will only be there 15 min for vaccination, and 30 minutes for vaccination + doctor checkup.
Do note that if you need to get a prescription, you may or may not have to wait longer at the pharmacy.
Hope this information is helpful.
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i agree with jasobias mummy.. if you can, bring to a pediatrician...
i personally dont really lik to bring dear son to polyclinic cos of some bad experience with the doc there when dear son has his 2nd hep b.. so we still decided to bring him back to his pediatrician for injections...
as for sickness, i also think that it's better to bring to a pediatrician esp for young babies..
Hi Pink Diamonds,
Polyclinics offer 6 in 1 package now. I sign up for it at around $330.
For normal vaccine polyclinics are ok, coz there's an appt time for you and you dont't have to wait long. They'll also send a reminder sms to you 3 days before the appt.
However, they dont't provide rotavirus and pneu vaccine so you still have to go to a pediatrician for those vaccines.
anyone knws how much is the first month jab at polyclinic?
NO NO for me for polyclinic...pay abit more to go to private pediatrician.
that time i went to polyclinic to check on jaundice cos my pediatrician very far from my place.
in the end the jaundice is ok, but the doc say i over fed my baby... cos within 3 weeks he increase 700g.
but after few days i went back to my pediatrician, she say that its ok, if baby can eat just let them eat.
so i will only go polyclinic for injection and pediatrician for all other sickness.
polyclinic doc are not baby specialist, so sometimes they advices are not so good.
2nd hep b jab is $20 if you take the 6-in-1 package and $30 if you take the 5-in-one package at polyclinic. you have to pay cash for the jab but can use the CDA account to pay for the package.