What is medicalisation?

BMA council member speaks out about unnecessary medical interventions Deputy chair of the BMA council Dr Kailash Chand has identified a recent trend within healthcare for medicalisation, which he identifies as patients seeking medical treatment for lifestyle problems. Key signs of medicalisation include the increasing use of medicines and hospital tests, rising hospitalisation rates, more […]

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Will GP’s have to charge for appointments?

General practice turning into “conveyor belt medicine” according to family doctors A proposal to charge patients in the UK for an appointment with their GP has been rejected at the British Medical Association’s GP conference in York. Despite the scheme being refused, there are still fears about the future of GP services, as delegates warned that services […]

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