Reasons and Consequences
Imbalance in Demand and Supply of Medical services: People avoid medical care only on qualitative or mixed-methods assessing participant-generated reasons for avoiding medical visits in response to warning signs of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The qualitative research shows reasons such as low trust in doctors, low perceived severity of symptoms, emotional factors (e.g., denial, avoiding worry, embarrassment), practical barriers, and prior negative experiences as contributing to avoidance and lack of insurance.
The reasons for avoiding the doctor are as mentioned below which are based on whether patients think taking medical care is necessary, available to them will be beneficial.
1. Low perceived need to look for medical care, automatically in sometime it will go, body will heal itself. The symptoms will pass. I only go if I think it is serious.
2. Traditional barriers: In some cases seeking medical care was not an option due to of a lack of resources. Taking time off from work, transportation because of distance was too far, that they were too sick to travel to the doctor’s office, financial reasons like health insurance, inaccessibility of doctors , not having childcare, or language barriers.
Physician Factors: Interpersonal concerns and the quality of medical care.
• Interpersonal: Perceptions that doctors do not follow-up, communication is difficult, Doctors often make patients feel like they’re stupid, disliking the manner in which doctors provide advice or recommendations, doctors do not listen to patients and perceiving that doctors do not take patients’ concerns seriously, mistrust of doctors and perceiving that doctors are too busy.
• Organizational Factors: Long waiting times and the hassle of making timely appointments. Generally, people not wanting to be around sick people.
• Affective Concerns and Expected Negative Outcomes: Fear, embarrassment, or guilt from seeking medical care. The fear of receiving bad news such as a medical diagnosis. Patients disliked the emphasis on weight loss or other health
In 21st century, the doctors are now interested in treating the patient as well as the disease. The doctors focus is on the overall physical and mental condition of the patient; doctors are willing to consider alternate treatments such as meditation and options beyond medicines. Doctors say “You are not a disease, you are a person who has disease.” We need to be on the same page to get good results and improvement in the current condition.
This approach helps in improving the health of patients because it provides a morale support which comes from a specialized counselling of the doctors. It plays a vital role for changing the psychology of the patient and making him/her believe that “nothing is impossible” and health can be improved if the person will follow the doctor’s instruction and take medicines with prescribed precautions.
Seeing our goal as treating the patient—not just the disease—is a simple change in perspective. But it’s a change that can make a world of difference; it can change how effective the doctors are at helping patients to end up with happier and more effective lives. Hence, the alternative approaches of self-service devices to diagnose the disease and prescribe medications for minor ailments are not workable alternatives in long term. The devices can only check things such as body temperature, sugar levels, or if a women is pregnant or not, etc.
The prescribed medicines for minor ailments can only be suitable for few days but it there is no improvement in the health then ultimately we need to consult a doctor. However, the proper guidance can only be taken from the subject matter expert which in these cases are doctors.