Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How patients can help doctors to be more ethical !

There's been a lot of hue and cry about how unethical doctors are . The general perception seems to be that the good old family doctor of yore is dead , and that doctors have become greed businessmen, who will do a lot of unnecessary tests and surgery in order to earn more money.

There have always been bad doctors; and there will always be good doctors. I don't think breast beating abut declining ethical standards helps. Good doctors will remain good; and bad doctors will never improve , just because you give them lectures ! In fact, I don't think ethics can be taught , which is why all our efforts have been directed towards educating patients.

If you end up in the hands of a bad doctor, then even God cannot help you ! However, if you have a good doctor taking care of  you, you do not need to worry . The key question is - how can you find a good
doctor ? and how can you ensure your doctor is giving you the right advise ?

Your body is too important to leave upto anyone else. You cannot afford to be lazy and blindly repose all your trust in your doctor - he needs to earn it.  This means you need to do your homework, so you can verify that your doctor is giving you sensible advise ! The good news is that it's become remarkably easy to do this, thanks to the internet !

Information Therapy – the right information at the right time for the right person – can be powerful medicine! Ideally, with every prescription, your doctor should prescribe information; and in a perfect world, every clinic, hospital, pharmacy and diagnostic centre would have a patient education resource centre, where people can find information on their health problems.

Our book, Using Information Therapy to Put Patients First is now online at

Information Therapy can help to heal a sick healthcare system – and everyone has an active role to play in making this a reality! Patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource - please don't underestimate your ability . You don't have to get a MD degree to become an expert patient - a dose of common sense is enough !

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