Be Alert, Be Healthy!
There are very good lines on ‘Doctor-Patient Relationship’ Wikipedia page that says, ‘The Doctor–Patient Relationship’ is central to the practice of healthcare and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The doctor–patient relationship forms one of the foundations of contemporary medical ethics’. Isn’t it true? Sure, it is absolutely true but whatever is happening these days in my surrounding healthcare system is making me rethink the truthfulness of this statement.
In today’s world, the healthcare system appears seriously broken. We are losing faith in the Doctor-patient relationship thanks to malpractice and unprofessional behavior of some medical practitioners. In recent years in India, we have read so many stories of how some doctors commit fraud just to earn some extra money. This is a shameful issue for the noble profession of healing the sick. Also commission-based practice is growing rampant within the healthcare system.
Ultimately who is going to be affected by malpractice? It is the patient. The race for getting more money is making a very bad impact on patient’s health. There are some cases where patients ended up losing their life just because they consulted with the wrong doctor.
From the patient perspective, main problem here is that they are not able to find out whether they are going to right doctor or not. Sometimes they also don’t know the name of specialty for which they should actually look for. Apart from this, there is another major problem we have. There are many ‘bogus’ Doctors. It is a topic for another time since it involves too many legal, ethical & social issues that surround the issue. Finding right (it does mean right & trusted) doctor in your area may be easier you if you are localized or know that area very well. But what about migrants or those who don’t have that much knowledge about that area? It is the biggest concern for their health. They will surely need some medium that can help them out in finding right doctor for them. Even if you are quite familiar with your area some times, you may need to know about which doctor to go to.
Savetime.com is an initiative to help people find the right doctor in a very efficient manner. The website maintains a fully verified database of doctors along with comprehensive information about them. So be alert about whom you are consulting for your precious health. Be alert, be healthy!