A doctor is the one who heals, but we hardly know what she feels. The 5th episode of TuriyaTalks season 3, was joined by one such determined doctor who goes by the name Dr. Geeta Khaitan Gupta, who is an expert in internal medicine. Accompanying her is our co-founder Sandhya Sutodia as they talked about the topic – Importance of Family Doctors.
Family Doctors are the bridge between the patients and the specialists as the primary care is being taken by them for you and your family members. They provide home treatment for the patients so that they don't have to face the hassle of hospital visits frequently. But not all of us are lucky enough to have a mighty saviour in the form of a family doctor. The main intention behind getting one is to stick with one doctor and develop mutual trust and respect; as we all know that every doctor has their own method of approaching a patient and paying visits to different doctors will result in a mental mess due to an overflow of different perspectives and thus frustrate you.
Talking about the importance of communication in the field of healthcare, Dr. Khaitan said, "All human beings have emotions but the conversation between patients and doctors are strictly confidential and emotionless, thus providing a wall in-between." Telemedicine, for example, has initiated a great impact during the COVID–19 pandemic in the lives of patients and doctors. It has helped the physician to assess the patient on an initial basis, whether they are required for a check-up or not. She also said, “Most of the countries in the West have government-funded healthcare system. Since there is no exchange of money between a patient and a doctor, the care is always better; the rich and the poor are treated equally when patients and doctors do not have to worry about money, and the medical care, compliance and follow up is much better”.
Dr. Khaitan ended the session with the quote saying "Mental wellness can be increased by learning to praise yourself and others around you, learning to be thankful and appreciating what we have.” In fact the art of appreciation of the little things in life begin from self-appreciation.