Is health a personal choice or is there a role for physicians?
A friend recently said to me that the best thing a General Practitioner [GP] could do is write a referral to a specialist. He’s not in healthcare so I had to ask whether he thought GPs should help keep people healthy. He said no. Health is a personal choice.
Are GPs limited in what they can/should do for us by our limited expectations of them? Has the healthcare system trained people to have limited expectations? Or are GPs truly limited in their scope of work?
This conversation relates to another recent conversation with a dialysis nurse as well as our post on complimentary care providers. The dialysis nurse uses a GP that works as a complimentary care provider similar to a naturopathic doctor that helps assess among other things hormones and vitamin deficiencies that affect sleep, weight, mood etc.
The work of a complimentary care providers extend our ability to live healthy lives but few people know about them or know what they can do. Why?
The problem is that complimentary care providers are typically not integrated into the healthcare system and coverage is limited.
Apparently when they are integrated, GPs get the benefit of seeing what’s done and why. They get the full scope of the patient’s care. Patients get comprehensive care that helps them live healthier.