2018-06-02: Task 2 (India)
Some people use technology to take advice for their medical problems rather than seeing to doctor.
Why is this so?
Is it positive or negative development according to you?
Owing to technology, everything becomes easily accessible. Some people take advantage of technology as they discuss their health issues with experts on the internet rather than going to them. This trend increasing in our society as people have a busy schedule. In my opinion, it is a positive development as taking medical prescription online save time as well as energy. But it has some disadvantages also so discussed below.
Technology brings people close enough that they can discuss their problems with a number of people at once and can share their experiences so that others can take advantage of this. Taking online prescription save time, as there is no need to run to the hospitals and set a queue to meet the doctors. Using technology, people can take advice from foreign experts rather than considering only native ones. Various online websites are now available, where experts and people can communicate with each other, here helpdoctor.com is worth mentioning as it provides a common platform for everyone.
However, it may have some disadvantages, as in serious health issues such as cancer or in other deadly diseases where the doctor can visually check and do some tests, is not possible online. In those cases, people should visit the experts and get proper medical care. Under specialist vision, the patient gets recover much faster. Although technology provides us various advantages, sometimes under certain circumstances, it may worsen the situation. For example, in case of heart attack patient should rush to the hospital rather than taking online medical care. In some medical issues such as cold, fever people should take advice online but in other deadly cases, people should visit to doctors so that can take better medication.
In conclusion, no doubt technology has a huge role and brings everything closer, it has its own merits and demerits, we can take only certain medication and healthcare pieces of advice such as what we should eat to reduce the weight, not in other serious issues.
Many individuals are making use of technology such as the internet to seek medical advice instead of visiting a doctor. There are many reasons behind this, however, in my opinion, it is a negative development.
Internet offers many benefits to the patients. Firstly, browsing information on the internet is immensely time-saving. Nowadays, people are living hectic lives, as a result of which, they can barely afford to waste their time in visiting doctors or while standing in seemingly endless queues. Secondly, hefty bills charged by the medical institutions deter patients from visiting them, because of which they turn to internet for advice, which is offered free of cost. Lastly, many websites allow patients to consult various experts and other people for health related queries due to which they do not see the benefit in vising a doctor personally.
Nevertheless, it is a negative trend because of the following reasons. To begin with, internet is brimming with misleading information that can be detrimental to a person’ s health. There are certain websites and blogs that advocate self-medication, which can have a plethora of nasty side effects and can even escalate the problem. Also, no doubt that trivial ailments such as common cold and cough can be treated with “cyber-medication”, however, precarious diseases such as cancer, require immediate personal medical attention. Finally, it is strongly suggested that in case of matters concerning a person’ s health, nothing parallels the expertise of a medical professional. They are the only ones who can correctly diagnose and disease/condition and suggest a suitable course of treatment.
In conclusion, many people use internet to seek medical advice because of the various advantages it offers, nevertheless, in my belief, it is a negative development.