Get medical services off-line

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 May, 2000, 12:00am
 

Scarcely a year goes by without my having to visit a doctor.


Seeing a doctor has become just another everyday routine, and I believe it is true for many others.


I am astounded that the Internet now claims to offer medical consultations. What an outrageous idea! No real medical consultation is complete without a doctor's use of a stethoscope.


A prescription suggested by a patient listing his symptoms is not to be taken seriously.


The expertise of practitioners at healthcare portals cannot be guaranteed, either. With that amount of uncertainty, I am convinced medical consultations on-line are unreliable.


Although the Internet has many advantages and offers state-of-the-art technology, there are things that will never change. Medical services should be taken more seriously.


Ricky is a student at St Francis Xavier's College

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