Your healthcare providers have a duty to get you to understand everything they say. If you find one bloated with medical jargon, it may be a telltale sign of their confidence levels. Ask them politely to tone down and speak in common language. If they don’t budge, you could always play a trick card and ask if they mind you bringing in a medical translator. If that doesn’t go down very well, you are better off seeing somebody else who cares to explain everything in plain language.
There are plenty of reasons for the existence of free medical camps. They are good avenues for sensitizing the populace about certain diseases, for example preventable cancers. If well-resourced, certain simple screening tests can be offered, and those turning positive can be specifically followed up. Those who turn up with simple ailments can be treated on the spot. It’s also an avenue for preventive initiatives like vaccines, and promotion of healthy behavior.
Two separate pieces of write-ups doing the rounds mostly in social media have again brought to fore the dark side of medical care. One is a depressing read from a popular Asian destination for medical tourism. The other piece relives cautionary tales of subjecting ourselves to too much medical care, with doctors who should know better driving along unnecessary interventions. This is based on worrying trends on the other side of the Atlantic, the good old US of A.
There is some recent exciting realization that sweat can be used to monitor our health in many ways. There are so many chemicals in sweat, and just analyzing them can lead to valuable health information. Important electrolytes like sodium and potassium measured in sweat can give an indication about your level of hydration. You can even get glucose levels monitored in your sweat. Much more can be done, including monitoring muscular fatigue in strenuous physical activities.