“During my transition from public to private health, I have indeed noticed some interesting differences that have forced me to practice medicine a perhaps a tad differently. One big surprise: in private health, I have to admit that I have been pretty astounded to see that my patients quite heavily rely on the Internet before they even come to see me for their given ailments.
In public health, some of my patients were not even able to read, let alone surf the Internet. Many were not even able to afford a computer in their home. My challenges there were not generally to find myself having to defend my practice of evidence-based medicine and to explain my medical reasoning on a step-by-step process, as I am doing now; all thanks to the Internet. The web has truly made it seem as though it is a daily battle, to wrestle and knock out each erroneous pseudo-factoid out there. No doubt about it, it has made my job harder in many ways.”
Jill of All Trades, KevinMD, 26 October 2011