Good Health Blog

The problem with problems

- July 5, 2009

I consult weekdays in a busy international 24 hour medical centre. I have my regular patients and see tourists and locals on a walk-in emergency basis. Every day I am astounded by how little preventative health is actually practiced. Most consults are problem based. Rarely does a patient walk in well. Given the restraints of time and dollar, the problem is usually all that is dealth with. It is refreshing to have someone come in and say ‘I’m here for a check-up’. Actually, that is so unusual that I often wonder what prompted the attendance. This is the reason for I am trying to make a difference.