We live in the digital age now, where Google and Siri have become our go-to solutions for everything.
Whether you need a recipe, a contact, an address, a cure, or a diagnosis, it is all just a click away.
Do you disagree? You probably don’t.
While it might be okay to ask Google for the best movies, songs, and recipes, how wise is it to ask a search engine for diagnosis?
Doctors report that patients these days come to them with so much information from Dr. Google that they often refuse to accept the diagnosis they provide because they read something else.
We are not saying that it is bad to read, we are talking about the sources you read from. We cannot stress how important it is to read from the right sources.
The internet is open and accessible to all. Anyone can add information to it, and there is no policing body to fact check the information.
This quality and authenticity of the internet can be very dangerous when it comes to health-related information. Another factor to be considered is that, even if the sources are genuine, every human body is unique, and what might suit one might not be good for the other.
Diseases don’t read medical textbooks, neither do patients. What works for one patient may not work for another. Different patients may manifest symptoms in different ways.
Other such dangerous sources of such information are often uncles, aunts, grandmothers, and family remedies. While some of the home remedies are good, some may even be harmful, especially when done with half knowledge.
There are so many magic remedies and magic products out there, so many shortcuts to ‘good health’, fad diets and so much more. When people blindly follow these, they are bound to suffer in the future. You do not want to entrust your health to unknown entities on the internet and suffer in the long run.
But, you also need to ensure that your health is in good condition.
So what is the solution?
It’s simple. Trust your doctors.
Even with the developments in artificial intelligence etc, our advice would be to trust your doctors and build a relationship with them.
Recently, the trust in doctors has declined due to several reasons; the major ones being social media and the news. While very few people broadcast their positive experiences with doctors, the few negative experiences are blown out of proportion and shared by friends and family on the internet.
A vital point being ignored, is that the costs of healthcare and infrastructure are not in the hands of Doctors and humans are not immortal!
News publishers also choose to shed extra light only on the few negative incidents that happen with complete disregard to the damage being done to the doctor-patient relationship, which is detrimental to society on the whole.
Another factor leading to this mistrust is the online reviews that patients publish. Not only is it easy to write fake reviews, but often people write reviews only when something goes wrong. So the thousands of times that the doctor helped their patient goes down the drain if one consultation did not go well.
Doctors spend years mastering their profession, and they also do so out of genuine interest to cure people. While it is always good to cross-check a doctor’s credentials and reviews of patients on authentic platforms, an appointment with a doctor definitely scores over an hour of pouring over the internet or other source non-qualified sources.
Here Is Why You Should Trust Your Doctor
- A doctor treats each patient individually instead of recommending generic cures.
- Your doctor knows your body composition, medical history, sees you personally, and knows what treatments your body has been responding to in the past.
- A doctor will examine you and ask you for relevant details before prescribing anything.
- Unlike an anonymous source on the internet, your doctor appears in front of you, either online or physically. You know exactly who is treating you.
- Your doctor will have verifiable credentials, and anytime you wish you can verify them. The knowledge they have has come from many years of rigorous training and is priceless.
- Each person is different. Each disease manifests differently. Different people may respond differently to same treatment. Experience matters. Doctors know what to do.
- Knowledge of complex body processes, mechanisms and inter-relationship between all body structures is needed, because you don’t treat an organ in isolation, you treat the patient. Who knows this best, more than a doctor?
Most doctors strive to make their patients comfortable and build relationships. Doctors report that when patients trust them, build relationships, and rely on them for relief from their troubles, that’s all the motivation that they need to keep going.
Some might argue saying that doctors charge high rates and they are expensive. Well, quality and expertise is worth it. You might have to spend a few extra hundreds for a doctor’s visit today, but this might help save thousands of bucks in the future.
Most of the time, it may not be the doctor receiving the fee.
- Do you think twice about the cost when you have a drink or go out to a multiplex or order pizza?
- Do you raise questions when engineering institutes proudly announce the starting pay packages of their graduates in multinational companies?
- Don’t you think that minimum 10 years of rigorous training, night duties, no vacations, low stipends, hectic schedules and many more non-glorious stuff sand personal sacrifices should be valued?
Trust the people with knowledge and talk to your doctor the next time you feel unwell instead of turning to Dr. Google or the neighbor. It will save you a lot of trips to the hospital in the future.