To us, we, the people, need to know, firstly, the latest on any medical problems we may be experiencing, and secondly, the names of doctors, with practices close to us, who are up with the latest.
You would think there would be SUCH a demand for this information, in relation to, say, “dry” age-related macular degeneration, if it’s as widespread as is claimed. But is this demand being met?
This article has appeared in the media today, (where would we be without the journalists?) reporting that research is going on on detecting it’s onset earlier, and in halting it’s progress – but how is this research going? and are there any doctors in Sydney who are up with the latest?
(One of the things that fascinates us is that even the journalists, our journalists, only ever seem to report on research going on in Australia – what about the research that surely would be going on in other parts of the world, and perhaps would, in certain areas, be in advance of that being carried out in Australia.)
It is to be noted that the research referred to “has been published in the journals Experimental Eye Research, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, and Molecular Neurodegeneration.” Do doctors have the time to read all these journals? and how do we, the people, get access to them, if we want to?
Related to this, back in May we put up three posts, (if you do a search on “lung” on this blog, you are taken to them,) in which we talked about the fact that doctors in London had come up with a procedure which seemed to be an incredible advance in the treatment of lung cancer. So, in the more than 6 months since, is there even one doctor in Sydney who’s really studied up on this procedure, and who’s ready, willing and able to carry out this procedure in Sydney? and if so, who is he or she?
With this too, you would think that there would be SUCH a demand for this information, from those with lung cancer problems. But perhaps there isn’t? Perhaps such people just don’t care enough to seek it.
Certain things are clear.
Firstly, modern communication technology would make it kindergarten stuff to put together SO much information on this procedure.
Secondly, it’s incredibly unlikely that governments would ever do this, and also incredibly unlikely that any doctors’ organisations would ever do this.
Thirdly, that anyone else who did this would have to charge for providing the information they had come up with – there would be no other way for them to get remuneration for what they were doing. Which would have it’s good points and it’s bad points.
So how much would sufferers from lung cancer pay for such information – $100, $150 or $200? as an alternative to carrying out the research themselves, and for information that could perhaps save their lives?
Perhaps someone could go into this business and see how they went.