Writing task2:Some people today prefer to get advice for medical problems and do not want to visit a doctor.

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Dec 28, 2020
Some people today prefer to get advice for medical problems and do not want to visit a doctor.

Why is this?

Is this a positive or a negative development?

Nowadays, some people avoid visiting a doctor for their medical problems and, instead, turn to online sources of information. In my opinion, this has occurred due to a general rise in distrust of doctors owing to the widespread negative propaganda propagated online and is a negative development.

In this day and age of internet, people can be manipulated quite easily. Negative aspects of the medical profession are highlighted quite frequently on the internet leading to a rise in mistrust and negative assumptions over the profession itself. For instance, a news regarding medical negligence or unprofessional behaviour spreads like wildfire on Whatsapp groups and on other social media sites while the positive news is seldom highlighted or appreciated. Moreover, the general perception that doctors charge more than they deserve has not helped either. Some people have , therefore, started viewing doctors as incompetent and they believe that doctors are concerned with making money alone and patient safety is the last thing on their minds. These one off incidents and the negative assumptions that follow have tainted the nobility of the medical profession. Another contributing factor to this development is the widespread and easy availability of medical information online and the rise of non allopathic medicines. People prefer to avoid using allopathic medications and opt for natural remedies. Consequently, some people visit a doctor for their medical problems as a last resort only and often it is too late by then.

This is a negative development because online help regarding medical problems is not verifiable and should always be taken after a consult with a doctor. Moreover, majority of non allopathic medicines are not research based and their side effects and efficacy are shrouded with doubt. In addition to this, relying on non professional advice for medical problems is an ominous trend that needs to be discouraged. People should not hesitate to visit a doctor because of the negative propaganda online. Majority of those who avoid visiting a doctor early on later regret their decision when their disease has reached a critical stage. This development is very worrying and health authorities should address this issue by repelling the negative propaganda online and gaining back the trust of public.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that widespread availability of medical information online and the general mistrust of doctors has led people to prefer online information over visiting a doctor. This is a very worrying trend and should ring the bells of relevant health authorities and measures should be taken to regain the trust of the masses.
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