...or rather, the doctor came to me.
Regular readers of these rants might have guessed I'm not the healthiest of men. Not that I'm one to complain, of course. Which made it all the more surprising to receive the following - unsolicited, I might add - email from a company called PrivateMeds:
Dear Mr Mike Smith
Acne, anxiety, ear ache, cough? Bowel problems, sore throat, period pains, nasty rash? Need a prescription only treatment for your hay fever?
Whatever is bothering you, PrivateMeds now offer a consultation service with a UK registered GP. For a consultation fee of just £20 we will take you through a series of questions tailored to your symptoms which are designed to gather all the information our GP needs. If he needs any further information you will be contacted securely through the PrivateMeds website. The doctor will then consider your case and provide you with any appropriate medical advice or treatment you need.
If you need the views of an experienced GP act now and click to find out more about our online GP consultation now.
If you have any questions about our service, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call us on 0845 803 9033 where you can speak to customer service between the hours of 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday
Thank you once again for using PrivateMeds.
I must say, I have suffered most of the above ailments - even the period pains, albeit indirectly. Now I need to consider if spending £20 is a good 'investment' or whether PrivateMeds is just another rip-off company, capitalising on people's ill-health.
I might be swayed, particularly as a recent survey among health professionals found the majority were against proposed changes to the National Health Service. A snapshot of this survey found that:
Dermatologists advised against any rash moves;
Neurologists thought any changes would take a lot of nerve;
Ophthalmologists deemed such a move short-sighted;
Radiologists could see right through the idea;
Urologists were p***ed off with the suggestion;
And a leading pathologist argued 'over my dead body'
Perhaps I need to see a psychiatrist....