This is not a note about medical science, or difference of professional approach. This is a note to self about the evil men can do.
Govindan taped the consultation session because he could not speak, and the doctor in question would not allow his wife or sons to be in attendance. Even allowing for transcription errors, this should ruin anyone's appetite:
"But it looks very good. You look perfect. Four months, four years. Perfect, perfect, but with a hole lah. Perfect with a hole."
"I can ask the plastic surgeon to see you. But the plastic surgeon here is not very good lah."
"Private, very expensive. Very expensive, OK. If you do in private, it would cost you, I would think, $50,000."
"Are you sure you got insurance? Your insurance will pay for private meh? For this? Are you sure will pay completely?"
"OK, you go and check with them. Because the one in TTSH, the private plastic surgeon I think is quite junior, he can't make it work.
"If you want to do it in private, er, it can be done. But you had better check that it's going to work. If you do it in Mount E, I tell you it will cost you at least $50,000."
"No, lah, if there was any other way, I would have closed, I would have told you already lah. It's just plastic surgery.
"OK, you're very good. You go and check your insurance and you come back to me. OK? You give me a call lah, OK?"