Every day, a vast number of patients fail to show up for medical appointments with their healthcare providers. Whereas there are many reasons for the so called ‘no shows’, many fail to appreciate the huge impact that missed appointments have on health service provision.
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Technology is a key driver for almost all industries. The healthcare industry isn’t any different, all aspects of healthcare must be driven by modern technology. There must be ready acceptance to do away with antiquated systems. And an equal measure of willingness to invest in technology that improves efficiency of service delivery. Patients must expect, or even demand, that their healthcare providers take full advantage of the revolution in health tech.
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Doctors have an ethical duty to maintain openness and honesty in all their interactions with patients. This is especially so when a medical error occurs. In medico-legal terms, honesty is referred to as ‘duty of candour’, and is considered as a cornerstone of medical practice. But duty of candour hasn’t always been enforced by law. However, in some jurisdictions, duty of candour has become a legal requirement both for health institutions and the healthcare professionals providing the service.
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Majority of encounters with your doctor tend to occur in their offices, and that’s how it should be. But it isn’t unusual for you to stumble upon your doctor in a myriad of places. It might be in a social gathering of mutual interest, in shopping malls, in restaurants, or in other public places. As many doctors will tell you, it is fairly common for people to take advantage of informal encounters and solicit unwanted mini consults.
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The routine is fairly simple. You get sick, go to the doctors, and come out the other end with a prescription. The pharmacist then dishes out meds that you will end up taking for a while. Other times, you just ignore the doctor and decide to self-medicate, ending up buying whatever you fancy. It doesn’t matter that some symptoms are inconsequential and only transient, there seems to be an ever unending crave for medications.
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