Screening Out Bad Health: The Pros and Cons

Ever found yourself being too busy, or even feeling too ill, to go and get something that is worrying you about your health checked out at your local doctor’s surgery? If so, then there are now options that let you take matters into your own hands, literally, just by picking up whatever device it is that you use to access the internet. An increasing trend in health care provision is that of the online doctor format, where advice and even diagnosis is given. But is it a viable option, in comparison to seeing your GP in person? Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of such a format.


Technology has made our lives a lot less annoying, and the online doctor format is an example of how it has. Bad health is annoyingly unavoidable, but now going to the their surgery is avoidable as you can have your symptoms checked over by a real-life health giver professional through the use of technology. This means that the time you have, up until now, spent going to the doctors surgery can now be freed up and spent on other commitments such as work, family and travelling; the freeing up of time is just one of the telemedicine software benefits.

As well as this, there are no location boundaries when using online doctor services. You can gain access to vital health information, recommendations and even diagnosis wherever you are (if you are connected to the internet, of course). Even in places where there are no conventional treatment options, such as doctors’ surgeries, for miles, you can simply jump online and gain instant access.

Also, as they are professional health givers who are sat on other end of the screen you are looking at, you are likely to get the correct information given to you. This is in comparison to checking your symptoms on Google and proceeding to self-diagnose yourself. This can be very dangerous, but not in the way you think it is: it can be dangerous to your mental wellbeing as it can induce worry about something that isn’t even there.


Obviously, along with almost everything else that the internet offers, there are concerns that what you are reading, seeing or hearing is actually true and not just a scam, as well as there being a chance that there is a lack of confidentiality, and a lot of privacy violation. The lack of human interactivity may also mean that the doctors using the online format can’t give a proper diagnosis, ultimately causing harm to the patient. But it might not be just the patient that is harmed; for example: it may offer drug abusers a new gateway to find what they’re looking for in the form of legal prescriptions. If a hypothetical drug abuser does enough research to find out exactly how to get a certain prescription, all they would have to do is act a certain type of way in front of the screen. if they were then to get their hands on said prescription, there is no telling what damage they could do to not only themselves, but those around them. Doctors have warned of online communication risks, and when you think about it in this sense, you can see why.

With these pros and cons now analysed: it time to face the future by facing the screen, rather than facing your doctor in person? Or should we stick to traditional healthcare settings? Ultimately, it’s all down to you.

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