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International Health Insurance News: Online medical content 'should be treated with caution'

Expatriates may be tempted to find international healthcare information over the internet, but a specialist has recommended that this content is treated with caution.

Healthy Magazine editor Jane Druker said she always advises any of her readers with serious health concerns to speak to a doctor.

Some medical professionals use tools such as Skype, which is convenient and useful, she stated.

The specialist noted that it is obvious the online world has altered the way in which people deal with health concerns.

However, "self-diagnosis can lead to misdiagnosis – only a healthcare professional is disposed to diagnose properly", Ms Druker remarked.

Furthermore, there are countless scare stories on the web, as well as a large amount of fake information, she stated.

While some websites are informative and useful, many are not, the expert declared.

Her comments echo those recently made by Candesic partner Dr Victor Chua, who said only a few diseases can be accurately diagnosed by laypeople researching online.

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