Take care of your health!
Consumers worldwide are increasingly taking charge of their health. As populations age, there are more consumers than ever before suffering from chronic conditions.
Most no longer see disease and the timing of their death as inevitable. Supported by the Internet, many actively seek out information to increase their odds of staying alive. Aided by family and friends, they research their conditions and possible treatments, often sharing their experiences with others in online communities. They are more inclined to question authority, and to raise issues with their doctors, care providers, and pharmacists.
Some providers view such patients as wasting their time, but most recognize that patients know themselves better than anyone and therefore value their insights.
Of course, not everyone is interested in or capable of engaging in the management of his or her own health. Some are fatalistic; others avoid doctors and hospitals at all costs; still others are simply too sick to help themselves.
Any public health system must respect the reality of these consumer differences and not withhold care from people simply because they do not engage and do not speak up.