Went to the doctors because Unspun was limping today with a toe infection. At SOS in Cepete Unspun was escorted to the children’s section where the doctor gave Unspun‘s toe a 3-nanoseconds once over and prescribed antibiotics and some antiseptic cream and hurried Unspun to the cashier.
There Unspun almost fainted when he received the bill which came up to a whopping Rp779,500. The breakdown?
1. Consultation Rp248,000
2. Garamycine Ointment Rp 81,700
3. Spaxim 100Mg tabs X20 Rp401,000
4. 10% VAT Rp 48,273.
Which brings up the total to Rp779,500. All for a simple toe infection.
There is something very wrong with how SOS charges people here. I think tomorrow Unspun‘ll go find out how much the medicine would cost in a pharmacy. Can one report them to the Consumer’s Association if they had marked up the prices of medicines excessively? What would constitute excessive markup? 20%, 50%, 100%? What’s the norm in other countries?