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Doctor In The House

by | 23rd, January 2006

‘ACHY head? Sore throat. Nasty rash? Hmmm… Thought so. You’ve got Dengue Fever. We recommend that you remain in situ for the next week or so, after which time you will be a) just fine; b) dead; or c) suffering from acute Gilbert’s Syndrome.

‘I’m sorry, Mrs Hart, but unless we can find a buyer for your kidney, you can’t afford to be ill’

Don’t bother visiting your doctor. He’s far too busy balancing the books to deal with ill people like you. If you must have a second opinion ask Ted the plumber, who, like us, has been on the Expert Patient Programme course.

This is the future of medicine. The Times says that in places where The Expert Patient Programme has been trialled, hospital visits have been reduced by 16 per cent.

That can only be good news. Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, thinks so. She thinks it’s a great way for hospital trusts to drive down costs.

It’s part of a programme called “self care”. Patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis and arthritis learn how to treat themselves and not bother the doctor or the hospital accident and emergency department. The Times says that there are 17 million people in England who suffer from chronic conditions.

But what about mistakes? What if

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