There has been a definite trend recently favoring a “do it yourself” mentality in the realm of medical care. Is it really best if you approach the physician with your diagnosis in hand? With the help of such programs as “Google” “Triage” and “Epocrates” as well as several others, patients are expected to come up with a diagnosis and know what treatment is recommended. One of the recent comments made on a television program recently gave this advice. The commentator mentioned the adverse effects of many of the medications that are advertised and that people are taking. He advised the viewer to not only look at the medication ad but carefully review the adverse effects that can be caused by the medication which are included in the ads. Unfortunately the advertisers are also quite smart and to prevent too careful perusal of the possible adverse effects they make these disclaimers in small print and avoid prolonged exposure. “Catch me if you can” is their goal.
Getting the patient and the physician back on the same team with similar goals, without the interference of insurers, drug companies, HMOs, hospitals, as well as governmental agencies, seems to becoming increasingly difficult.