Everybody wants to be wealthy and the best wealth one could have is a healthy life. For many years now distrust has developed among the patients about the healthcare system. This is evident in the news almost on a daily basis. It is regrettable that whenever I speak to any person from the general population or my patients, they express a feeling of disgust about the healthcare system. As a Doctor it is extremely unpleasant for me to hear those things.
While changes in the society, especially in the moral value, may be the main reason, healthcare workers could not escape their share of responsibilities. Doctor-Patient relationship, like any other relationship, depends on mutual understanding and trust. Both should share their duties and responsibilities appropriately for mutual benefit.
Patients tend to leave the decision making regarding treatment of their illnesses to the Doctors. The usual concept is that the Doctor knows better. Therefore, the majority of patients do not have any insight into their illnesses and treatment including potential risks. This could lead to unwarranted problems that could have been avoided if the patients had better understanding of the situation. Sometimes that may lead to hefty increases in the cost of treatment and dissatisfaction. The patients should have greater involvement in the decision making process. This would improve the quality of their treatment and the satisfaction level.
The patients would benefit through better insight into the process of consulting a Doctor. That is expected to improve the quality of their treatment and make it cost-effective so that they would get “value for money”.
“A stitch in time saves nine”
Therefore, do not delay if you have been suffering from any health problems in areas of Gynaecology, Obstetrics (pregnancy related), Paediatrics, Medicine, Surgery etc. If you are confused or dissatisfied about your treatment or have any health related questions such as about HPV vaccine, cancer screening, pre-marital counselling, pre-pregnancy counselling, infertility (childlessness), miscarriage, abortion, pain abdomen, menstrual problems, fibroid, PCOS, ovarian cyst, microsurgery, other surgery (e.g. hysterectomy) etc please consult an appropriate Doctor. A proper check-up in time might prevent a major disaster happening in the future.
“Don’t be lazy
Your life won’t be crazy”
“Prevention is better than cure”.
You should consult a Doctor even in the absence of any illnesses in the following circumstances: i> if anybody in your family (blood relations, not in-laws) is diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, chromosomal or genetic diseases, cancer etc; ii> if you gain or lose weight within a quick time-span; iii> if you are planning to marry (for pre-marital counselling); iv> if you are female and planning to become pregnant (for pre-pregnancy counselling); v> if you have difficulty having a baby; vi> if you are female and become pregnant (for appropriate check up); vii> if you are female, to have regular Pap smears to prevent cervical cancer; viii> if you are planning to travel abroad; ix> if you want to clarify any health related issues such as using HPV vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer etc.
‘Price is what you pay.
Value is what you get.’
© Dr Sudipta Paul, themedideas.com, 2012