Paternalism In Medicine

A conversation about the origins of the home pregnancy test got us talking about paternalism in medicine—the idea that the doctor knows what's best for the patient, so maybe the patient should rely on the doctor for all the information. It was this mindset that had to be broken when the home pregnancy test was invented. For the most part, that attitude has changed, and patients are much more informed now than ever before. So what can the healthcare industry itself do to help patients maintain this autonomy? What other kits are waiting to be released to the public that could give the same results as a more expensive visit to the doctor's office? It's something to think about.