Traditionally, healthcare expenditure has been based on a fee-for-service model. That means when you access healthcare, you almost blindly pay for whatever gets done, regardless of whether all you got billed for was beneficial to you. The alternate model is referred to as value-based care. This aligns healthcare payments to outcomes that are of benefit to patients. Thus payments or reimbursements to healthcare providers and doctors isn’t based on clinical volumes, but on measurable ‘value’ of care and patient benefits.
Your doctor too may get to a point where they are no longer interested in your custom. They may be getting too busy, and looking to filter out some patients from their practice. They may find you unwanted for other seemingly simple reasons. May be you are too demanding, or a hypochondriac who annoyingly keeps consulting for mundane reasons.
There has been an explosion of many versions of e-cigarettes in the last few years. This has been a veiled attempt to mitigate the already known risks of smoking traditional cigarettes. But e-cigarettes are trendy, and have becoming increasingly attractive not only to smokers trying to quit, but to newer and younger smokers. Over time, there’s ongoing realization that e-cigarettes may not actually be a safer alternative.
You have the right to access all aspects of healthcare that include preventive, curative and even palliative care. That means ready access to facilities in your locale or elsewhere, whenever the need arises. If facilities are unavailable, inaccessible or inadequately stocked and staffed, you need to be asking several questions to those responsible. If seeking care in the private sector, you have the right to select your preferred healthcare providers. Your insurer should not bully you into pre-selected facilities.