I began getting proper medical care for my diabetes with Hospital Kuala Lumpur in 2005. I had been diagnosed a diabetic a good sixteen years earlier but because of ignorance and my sickness is not covered under my company’s group insurance scheme, I did not see the need to seek proper medical attention.
After my condition was stabilised, I was asked in early 2006 to go for a stress test and an echocardiogram where I was discovered to be having some sort of blockage at stage 2. After consultations with my endocrinologist, I was immediately referred by Hospital Kuala Lumpur to see a cardiologist in IJN for which I believe I paid pretty much what anyone would pay to see a cardiologist at a private hospital (about RM100 +) for the first visit. There, I was duly informed that I would need an angiogram and stents to be inserted. All this would take one whole day and I was not required to stay overnight and I could possibly drive myself home that very same evening on the day of my procedure.