Nowadays, many people use the Internet to get medical advice instead of going to see a doctor.
Why is this? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
These days numerous people read online blogs to get advice about a medical condition instead of visiting a medical practitioner. The main reason for this phenomenon is that healthcare services are exorbitantly expensive and this is a negative development because there is uncertainty about online articles whether these are written by medical professionals or not.
The primary reason behind this trend is that medical services are extremely costly all around the world. This is because doctors charge a very high fee from patients and they recommend medical tests which are unnecessary and try to shell-out patients to increase their profits. Therefore, many people avoid to go to the hospital and read online to find a cure for their medical condition. To illustrate, a study Cambridge University found that many medical tests recommended by doctors in big hospitals are not relevant to patient’s disease, however, they do so to increase their earning.
The habit of reading about medical problems on the internet is a negative development because it is quite hard to verify that the content posted online is written by a medical professional. Thus, online posts can mislead people about the disease and can be dangerous to their life. For example, in this COVID-19 pandemic, there is a surge in false rumors posted online about the cure from COVID-19 virus, however, the best way to stay safe is to practice social distancing and wearing a mask in the public areas.
In conclusion, people prefer to get medical advice on the internet because the healthcare sector charges an exorbitantly high fee for their services and it is a negative development as many unprofessional people write medical blogs spreading wrong information in the public.