Can we still rely on doctors or need to be doctor ourselves?In earlier days when people had some health problems and they went to doctor they used to think that now they are in safe hands and they need not worry about their illness. Such was the trust in doctors that for many people illness reduced by itself when they visited the doctor's clinic and talked to them.
During those days' doctors were good human beings too. They cared about their patients and always aimed to make their patients well by giving correct treatment. Things have changed drastically now. Being a doctor has changed into a money-making profession and it is common to find many doctors setting up their clinics just to mint money from the suffering people. Though there are still few doctors who believe in the humanity of their profession but for the majority, this feeling is not there.
We all know this and also experience this many times. It is common nowadays for doctors to suggest a long list of unnecessary lab tests and medicines whenever we visit them for some health problem just to earn a commission. It is not uncommon to see hospitals asking patients to get admitted even for minor problems like viral fever. This way they can hold the patients in hospitals for 4-5 days and charge a fat sum of money and burn a hole in their pockets. The only thing they do is scaring the patients of the health consequences if they do not follow their advice and poor patients who do not have awareness are left to the mercy of these so-called educated doctors. They have no option but to follow them.
As far as diagnosis and treatment of the problem are concerned it is a major problem nowadays. It is seen that many doctors are not able to diagnose the patients properly and keep on doing trial and error by giving the wrong medicines and prescribing unnecessary and expensive tests. Compared to this doctor in earlier days did a perfect diagnosis even though so many lab tests were not available those days.
Given the situation no more we can trust our doctors. Time has come when we ourselves need to awaken a miniature doctor in ourselves. It helps if people themselves are a little bit aware of different health problems, their symptoms, lab tests, medicines needed, etc. This is not for doing self-diagnosis but just to make sure that they do not blindly believe the doctors and get fooled by them. I am not recommending here to be a self-doctor and treat own self but at least if some awareness is there in people about the medical field then at least they will not get misguided by the doctors that easily. They will be able to judge and come to know when to abandon first doctor and seek an opinion from another doctor. Google and the internet these days has made it easier for people to search the health information.
So it would not be wrong to say that each one of us needs to have a doctor in ourselves to some extent.