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Dr Lauren Bramley & Partners - experiences and costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricecakes:
    Natfixit, can I ask how much the standard tests were pls?
    26K back in 2011. They tend to bully you ( like they did to me, stating that it is " standard practice"...yeah, BS) into having lots of tests that you do not need. I had a really good Dr when we lived in Dubai ( she was actually from HKG) and they never did all of this stuff. In the end, Raffles were good for tests, but I also went to International Drs Ltd, which is now operating under a different name in Central, who are also good and ethical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    A lot of the private clinics use PathLab anyway so the prices should be fairly fixed. But it's best to see a trustworthy GP first to know what you should be tested for before going straight to the lab.

    Clinics I've used:

    More local feeling:
    UMP
    Quality Health Care

    More Western feeling:
    Central Health
    OT&P
    London Medical Clinic

    OT&P has been the most consistent in my experience. UMP/QH are covered under my insurance so no cost to me, but the GPs don't spend much time with you and at UMP they refer you to specialists within their network for no reason to boost their income from the insurance company. One doc sent me for an ultrasound and the specialist actually laughed because there was no reason for it. So you end up wasting a lot of time with them.
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    Wow. Not sure exactly what that included but sounds insane for ‘standard’ tests.

    Thanks everyone for your help. I think I’ll stick to Central Health for the time being...


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    I would go with Central Health or OT&P if you are looking for a private more expaty clinic. Also expensive but good doctors and in my experience ethical. I just had comprehensive blood testing done at CH and paid HKD 2680,-


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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    A lot of the private clinics use PathLab anyway so the prices should be fairly fixed. But it's best to see a trustworthy GP first to know what you should be tested for before going straight to the lab.

    Clinics I've used:

    More local feeling:
    UMP
    Quality Health Care

    More Western feeling:
    Central Health
    OT&P
    London Medical Clinic

    OT&P has been the most consistent in my experience. UMP/QH are covered under my insurance so no cost to me, but the GPs don't spend much time with you and at UMP they refer you to specialists within their network for no reason to boost their income from the insurance company. One doc sent me for an ultrasound and the specialist actually laughed because there was no reason for it. So you end up wasting a lot of time with them.
    I meant to link to a general health check pack like the below $1000 for tests that wold probably capture 99% of issues.

    General Health Check Plans

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    More local feeling:
    UMP
    Quality Health Care
    Quality Health Care is not much better. I go to the one in Admiralty and there is a doctor there that always tries to sell me generic body checks, when I have apparently no illness other than the one for which I went there in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gataloca:
    Quality Health Care is not much better. I go to the one in Admiralty and there is a doctor there that always tries to sell me generic body checks, when I have apparently no illness other than the one for which I went there in the first place.
    Don't you ask the about the probabilities of discovering issues based on test and patient profile?

    This is a complete guess but getting liver and renal function done every 5 years may be sensible as would inflammation markers if you have chronic pain but again never take the request to spend your money at face value. Just have in mind ALL doctors except those at public hospitals are looking for ways to take money from you whilst appearing caring and concerned. They love repeat customers....

    Unlike a mechanic or plumber they have had 7 years university training on how to elicit money from customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    Don't you ask the about the probabilities of discovering issues based on test and patient profile?

    This is a complete guess but getting liver and renal function done every 5 years may be sensible as would inflammation markers if you have chronic pain but again never take the request to spend your money at face value. Just have in mind ALL doctors except those at public hospitals are looking for ways to take money from you whilst appearing caring and concerned. They love repeat customers....

    Unlike a mechanic or plumber they have had 7 years university training on how to elicit money from customers.
    Well, the first time I saw that doctor, I was having a flu. He asked me if I had recently done a body check, and I casually did few months ago. He asked me about the result, and I commented that I was normal, except for a little bit of anemia, which got resolved already by other doctor (took iron supplement). He asked me to come back again with the body check result so he could follow up (man, I just went there for some flu medication!). After that, each time I see him, he would ask me about my anemia and if I had done more tests to follow that up. The general feeling is that he just wanted to sell me stuffs rather than being genuinely concerned about my illness...
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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    A lot of the private clinics use PathLab anyway so the prices should be fairly fixed. But it's best to see a trustworthy GP first to know what you should be tested for before going straight to the lab.

    Clinics I've used:

    More local feeling:
    UMP
    Quality Health Care

    More Western feeling:
    Central Health
    OT&P
    London Medical Clinic

    OT&P has been the most consistent in my experience. UMP/QH are covered under my insurance so no cost to me, but the GPs don't spend much time with you and at UMP they refer you to specialists within their network for no reason to boost their income from the insurance company. One doc sent me for an ultrasound and the specialist actually laughed because there was no reason for it. So you end up wasting a lot of time with them.
    Yes, that is the one - OT&P were previously International Doctors Limited, and both my husband and I went to them. They are really good, in our experience. Didn't waste our time or money. Just also avoid the DRs at the airport, where I had to go for a sinus infection. I was flat out driving, and taxis on Lantau....anyone who lives there knows what it is like, so had to find a dr close by.

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