Cosmetic surgery is a thriving industry, mainly popularized by the ever glamorous celebrities. But the practice never really escaped the attention of the middle class populace, who now drive the industry. In a typical day, there are multitudes of people waiting their turn to modify an unwieldly part of their bodies. There are boob jobs, facelifts, liposuctions and genital cosmetics among a host of other procedures.
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It is pretty common nowadays for people to associate with individual doctors. You commonly hear of ‘my GP’, ‘my gynecologist’, or ‘my-whatever specialist’. Well, makes a lot of sense. Your regular doctor will remember much about you, meaning that you hardly need to recount much in subsequent visits. Consistency of care becomes a given, and any referrals are a smooth process.
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If you never get sick, and have found a way of maintaining optimal health longterm, you can get away with zero healthcare expenses. But that’s utopian and hardly achievable. Alternatively you can aim for a healthy lifestyle, combined with preventive measures that may end up minimizing visits to doctors, and accrue ample savings. All ordinary folk will however end up with healthcare expenses at some point. The trick is learning what to pay for, and how much. Or not paying anything at all.
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The last few weeks have been dramatic in matters of health. Every facet of life appears to be getting disrupted by the ongoing viral pandemic. Whilst this isn’t the first pandemic to ever hit the world, it certainly appears to be the most publicized. All this thanks to a digitally inter-connected world, where news is almost globally instantaneous. Some degree of panic was always inevitable. Not unexpectedly, governments have instituted several measures to mitigate unchecked spread of the virus.
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Years ago, doctors were instantly recognizable. They dressed in smart attire and white coats. Male doctors sported ties, long sleeves and well-polished leather shoes. And so too was the case with women doctors, crisp business suits and matching footwear. Many would don a stethoscope round their necks, with some tagging a medical bag along. They walked with a bloated air of self-importance.
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