Back in the day, Egypt had a very laid back and slow-paced rhythm; fast forward to the generation of the millennials and you've got people making phone calls while driving and trying to eat their fast food dinner at the same time. We're rushing, and yet time keeps running out. Then, somewhere in the middle of all of that, we need to find time to find a random doctor to go to and make sure our bodies are still functional. That's a hilarious thought. Plus there's the hassle of having to re-explain the whole 7ewar to the doctor every time you go, or having to retell your family's entire medical history every time you have a cough. In a country of countless doctors who are actually competent, how is our medical system so inefficient? Why hasn't Egypt taken on personalised medicine yet?
North America adopted the model of personalised medicine many years ago, and it's a concept that's been recently growing in acceptance in medical communities across other parts of the world in recent years. Treating conditions and diseases based on a personal knowledge of the individual, their environment, and their family history has proved to be a vastly effective method for treatment and prevention. As the costs of once prohibitively expensive preventative measures drops drastically each year, and buzzwords like genome sequencing get all the attention, the fist step of personalised care is often overlooked: finding a family doctor instead of seeing someone different every time.
Developing a personal relationship with your family’s healthcare provider allows them to get to know you as well. The most basic premise of personalised medical care is catering treatments to the particular patient, and with a family doctor that knows and understands your family’s habits, history, and predispositions as a whole, that process is significantly more effective and easier to implement. A doctor with the ‘complete picture’ of a family’s health is more empowered to take preventive steps that will save you time, money, and possibly even a loved one’s life.
As this part of the world endeavours to improve the standard of medical care available to families, services like Tabibi stand out. Tabibi offers access to personal medical services on a 24/7 basis. Originally offering only paediatric services, the medical experts now offer services covering the entire spectrum of family medicine. Be it advice about nutrition, preventative care check-ups, or assisting with persistent diseases such as diabetes or other chronic ailments, Tabibi's medical experts are available at one of their clinics or can make home visits anytime.
'One size fits all’ may work when you’re buying socks, but when it comes to the world of medicine, it's not the most effective method – yet, somehow, that’s still how most of the modern medical community functions. A teenage male and his grandmother, if both stricken by the same illness, would be treated with almost identical methods. As technology advances and our understanding of the internal and external factors that cause disease in individuals increases, it becomes more apparent that treatments that work for some or most of the population may not be as effective for others. And just as medicine itself has adapted and evolved as science advances, so too has the industry and the professionals working within it. Tabibi reflects this by offering reliable professional medical care to the community, be it at their clinics or through a convenient home visit, and getting to know their patients on a personal level in order to take better care of them.
The father of Western medicine, the Greek physician Hippocrates, said, “The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired.” Preventing health issues is often overlooked in favour of a reactionary method of treating a problem once it has already manifested. Teaming up with a family doctor from Tabibi, looking for signs, and then taking preemptive steps to keep your health and your loved ones' health intact is clearly a more advantageous position to be in than to be struck by tragic illness and being forced to take action after the fact, don’t you think?
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