Have you ever been admitted into a hospital? How long did you stay? Did you sit back to consider if the length of stay was justified? Most people dutifully occupy hospital beds for as long as advised by their clinicians. But it is increasingly recognized that prolonged hospital stays are never good for anyone. Ironically, empty hospital beds aren’t ever any good for the health facilities’ bottom lines.
The ordinary patient, with hardly any medical knowledge, may never have come across the phenomenon of over-treatment. Some healthcare providers may also be equally ignorant of the same. Simply put, over-treatment occurs when medical interventions aren’t clearly focused on the specific condition being treated. Clinicians tend to go overboard, with the patient ending up with multitudes of tests and associated treatments that were never required in the first place.
Are you familiar with the phrase ‘’buy one get one free’’? This is a common marketing gimmick that entices consumers to purchase stuff that they didn’t really need in the first place. True, you’ll sometimes find an offer that turns out to be a good bargain, but that’s uncommon. You should always think twice before spending your money on offers that appear too good at face value.
Healthcare isn’t spared of marketing gimmicks either.
There are two distinct ways of getting hold of medical drugs. One is what is commonly referred to as over-the –counter medications, or OTC for short. Over-the-counter basically means you make your way to a pharmacy or drug store, and just order the meds that you require. Most meds available OTC don’t usually require a doctor’s prescription. Such meds are made easily accessible for simple self-treatments that include aches and pains, minor accidents, etc. When you ask for an OTC med, you should always have some idea of what it is that you are trying to treat. And also know when to draw the line and get a formal doctor’s review.