To General Practitioner, Specialist

The health awareness is currently so great in the community. Almost every newspaper and magazine discusses about healthcare. However, treatment isn't still easy. We have to choose the right doctor and be able to express a complaint so that the doctor can make a diagnosis.

We must also be able to capture doctor's explanations about the disease, the healing process, and comply with the advice and counsel, especially in terms of taking the medications.

If you see a right and good doctor, all the consultation processes will run smoothly, and we're satisfied. In fact, there were some who weren't satisfied with the doctor visit.

Today, wide choices are available to consult a doctor. People can choose a general practitioner (GP) or a specialist. In fact, they immediately went to a specialist consultant who studied an advanced knowledge of a particular system. They go to the doctor at the centers of health care to luxury hospitals.

In fact, in order of health services, health care is structured in three layers, i.e. a GP or family physician, a medical specialist, and superspecialist service by a specialist consultant. Ideally, health care utilization is done in stages from the lowest level.

Scientific facts showed that health problems in society was largely common, only one-third that required a medical treatment, and fewer that required a specialist treatment. The tiered service is also based on different competencies.

GP's competences is to handle common problems, such as infectious diseases, muscle pains, diarrhea, indigestion, and the problems of nutrition with all their consequences, such as early-level diabetes mellitus and anemia, and early-level degenerative diseases not complicated, such as osteoporosis, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and cataracts. GPs are also able to find refraction abnormalities or hearing loss.

With broad but not deep knowledge, a GP would be easier to communicate with his patients and know when he had to send a patient to a specialist. Unfortunately, our doctors don't master the technique of doctor-patient communication, and few are willing to make time for it. In fact, the communication will determine the success of treatment.

The specialist has competences in dealing with specialist problems, such as severe lung diseases: lung infections and asthma, diabetes mellitus, diseases of the heart, blood, or urinary tract, malignant and reproductive diseases, hormonal disorders, and so on.

Specialist consultants are those who study some advanced knowledge about a system, such as the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, nerves, eyes, ears, heart, and so on.

Unfortunately, the more expert is a person in a field, the less is his analysis sharpness in other fields. In fact, abnormalities in an organ may cause symptoms in others whose the knowledge is held by other doctors. That's why they have to work together with other professions, such as nurses, dietitians, or physiotherapist.

After all, how smart the doctor is, he needs patients' help. To that end, so that doctors can help to resolve your problem, there are things you need to do:

1. Tell all your complaints and make sure the doctor understands them.

2. If necessary, take your medical history.

3. Show medications you're currently taking.

4. Ask names, uses, how to drink, and the side effects of drugs he gives.

5. Ask what foods, drinks, activities, or other drugs that should be avoided.

6. Ask what actions required when the side effects arise or you forget to take a medication.

7. Report any new symptom that appears after you take the medicine from the doctor.

8. Ask the objective of further investigation and the meaning of the results of the examination.

9. Ask the outcome of treatment, for example, your blood pressure after taking the drug.

10. Obey when he recommends you to see a specialist. If you're recommended to be treated in hospital, ask why. In a situation like this, it's needed mature scales to be treated in hospital.

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