Book fights to save our healthcare system
Have you ever woken at 2 a.m. sick with a fever and unsure what to do? Are you spending too much time at your local walk-in clinic or Emergency waiting room only to find there’s nothing the doctor can do to help that a day in bed wouldn’t cure? Worse still, you get a prescription for an antibiotic you’re not sure you need? If so, help has arrived. Two doctors from Huntsville, Ont., have written a book to help patients deal with non-threatening ailments.
“Most health books on the market today are of the reference book variety — very large, covering a wide range of topics,” says Dr. Brian Murat of Do I Need To See The Doctor? “Typically, one would more likely use these books to find out more after a visit to the doctor. Our book concentrates on the common ailments that result in about 80 per cent of emergency room visits — visits many authorities say are unnecessary.”
Co-written with colleague Dr. Greg Stewart, the book equips people with the tools needed to deal with these illnesses effectively and confidently at home.