What is the role of doctors today?
1) Is it the age-old need to 'cure' diseases?
Because recently many diseases are being found to have a genetic basis or an autoimmune pathology that requires gene therapy which is not yet widely available, and the increasing evidence for placebo effect where the mind cure the body more than the drug.
2) Is it to offer palliative care?
Because well-being and contentment are found to be 'in the mind' of the patient and which can be better offered by the family and friends of the patient.
3) Is it to research newer tech and better medicines?
Because this has now began to get a bad reputation by biased press portraying pharma companies as money-laundering monsters who live off the patient's misery. I've even read anecdotes of the conspiracy theorists that scientists who have found the 'cure' to cancers are being forced to be silent by the pharma companies.
4) Is it to offer primary prevention and community based care?
Because the couch potatoes are never gonna get off their butts from the 'proverbial' sofa during their mid age and will come knocking at the doctor's doorsteps at 40 or 50; the 'wise' mothers will fail to vaccinate their children in fear of autism; the 'Google-doctor' certified patients who stop antibiotics before the end of the course because they felt 'better'.
5) Is it to just please the patients with a smile and reassurance?
Because, from the position of unquestionable Gods of the past,
We have been deported to the position of spectators who are unable to treat diseases due to the rampant spread of antimicrobial resistance due to inadvertent use of drugs,
We have been reduced to mere mortals by making health care as a commodity rather than a service,
We have been debased to animals who get beaten without remorse or reflection and finally,
We have been degraded to the Devil because of the exorbitant cost of health care which is rather a fault of the inefficient government schemes than the individual physicians.
What is the role of the doctor?