Stop depending on doctors, learn to take care of yourself!

Taiwan
March 2, 2013 5:58am CST
The health policy in Taiwan makes here almost paying nothing when you go see a doctor. It is great, and I even think the whole world should follow us; however, our people seem to keep abusing this benefit. When it becomes almost free, people tend to see doctor"s" as frequent as they can. Although I think it is not bad to learn something from doctors, they keep wasting resources and neglect the responsibility of taking care of their own health. Maybe the policy we have now is not suitable for nowadays society, but I hope the day can come sooner, the day when this kind of policy can go without selfishness and foolishness.
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7 responses
@free_man (7337)
• United States
2 Mar 13
Hi Odickshouse. I know what you mean people get greedy when things are free . They don't stop and think that it is really costing someone for this free health care. In Massachusetts years ago I broke my ankle and had to go to the doctor to have it fixed they gave me free health care when this happened I got free health care card after this from the state. But I am American Indian and was raised to not trust all doctors and to use natural health care. So I didn't use the health card for anything after getting my cast off my foot. Mom taught us to use certain natural things to keep us healthy. If your head gets stopped up put some water in a pot on the stove and boil the water with a little salt in it and it will steam put a towel over your head and let the moister open up your sinus. If you get an ear ache put some salt in a cast iron skillet heat it up and pour in a white sock and put the warm salt in the sock on your ear and it will pull the ear wax from inside your ear out and no more ear ache. I am 58 and have seen the doctor only to help me bare my children and give me a hysterectomy and put a cast on my foot. Not all doctors are bad to see so if someone needs to see a doctor for a real reason they need to go but to go just because it is free is wrong. Good discussion my friend.
• Taiwan
3 Mar 13
Thanks for your share~ I think it is also a chance to teach our next generation about how to depend on themselves rather than doctors, even it is almost free.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I wish my mother and grandmother had passed down all their secrets about keeping one healthy. I can't remember but one time having to go to a doctor as a child I got a kidney infection as a child and the doctor which was an old wise man told my mother to feed me a lot of green vegetables to give me the iron I needed to heal me. My mother had all kinds of cures for everything . I just wish I could remember them all. I know that I have always been pretty healthy.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
2 Mar 13
Hi, It's really great that you have free service from doctors in your country. But people should not take undue advantage of this policy and doctors should also do their work honestly. It is true that we should not depend on doctors. Prevention is better than cure.
@prashu228 (25820)
• India
2 Mar 13
I agree sir prevention is definitely better than cure. yes the free policy should be followed well and use it wisely but people just take it for granted if things are free. So Government or people should make them realize this and the advantages too.
• Taiwan
3 Mar 13
Yeah~ prevention is better than any treatment, and we all advocate it. But it seems like sometimes free stuff equals to laziness.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
2 Mar 13
Same thing needs to happen here in Mexico. We all seem to go to dr. for anything and everything here.
• Taiwan
3 Mar 13
A place with a wise guy is a place good to stay, but I hope it can go without wasting.
• Xiamen, China
15 Nov 13
Another example of those seams "good policy" turn bad.
@salonga (27985)
• Philippines
6 Mar 13
I've never seen a doctor for so many years now. Thank God! Going to the doctor or to the hospital for health issues is one thing I really do hate. So even if I pay nothing when I do, I never would want to be a regular hospital goer. I value my health a lot, so I am careful with what I eat and my lifestyle. I want to live a healthy life till my last breath. So even if my country would be like Taiwan with free health provider, I will not neglect my body at all. Health is wealth so I would rather be healthy and be wealthy in that sense.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
2 Mar 13
I agree with you on this, For me, we have health cards and yes consultations with doctors, physical therapies are covered by the health cards, but it did not make me dependent on these doctors as i still feel the need to as you have said care for myself. eating well, and living a healthy life. Most of the time i would go to a doctor that meant i could no longer handle the pain, or that there is really something unusual about what i am feeling. I think itt is good that your country is giving almost free consultations and everyone is given the chance for a good health program. Our country lacks in this department and those who does not have a health card, they are unable to even get their sickness checked well.
@prashu228 (25820)
• India
2 Mar 13
Hi Good to know this policy. Taiwan is following a very good policy and we should appreciate it. But people should try to use this wisely. Free things are not well appreciated thee days. Or we can say people just don't realize the value of free things .Before its worst people should realize it. In our country doctors charge a lot of fee and many cannot pay it too.