Because of my schooling and work experience, I have a fair amount of medical training. To the point that I usually take more interest in any medical problems that my occur in my life than a regular person would. When a medical problem arises, I am impatient to know what's going on. I usually am too impatient to wait until I can get into a doctor and get a diagnosis. So, I turn to the internet and diagnose myself. Then, when I do get into the doctor, I already in my mind think I know what's going on. And, guess what? Of all of my recent medical problems accompanied by self-diagnoses, I have been correct. In fact, in one case, I was correct in my self-diagnosis while two initial doctors I saw were incorrect (fortunately, they made good referrals). So, why do I pay someone hundreds or even thousands of dollars to tell me what I already found out on the internet? Because, while I may be able to self-diagnose, I usually can't self-treat. But, all of this makes me wonder if I should've been a doctor. Or if there are more problems with our healthcare system than we would like to admit.
*Please don't let this post scare you. I am generally in good health and am not about to die.