When it comes to a doctor, there are many things you don’t know until you actually get to know them, writes the New Scientist’s editor, Michael Gaffney.
“You don’t have to have a particular medical background or background in order to find out if a doctor is a good fit for you.
Just have an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
In a previous edition, Gaffneys’ guide to the best doctors and the best practices of the NHS also covered the importance of choosing a primary care GP, the best way to learn about and get involved in healthcare, and the NHS’s most important medical topics.
We have also covered some of the most important questions about healthcare in this edition, including how to get your NHS-approved surgery and the benefits and risks of specialist care.
We hope that you’ll find this article useful in planning your next visit to the doctor and will consider whether the answers below are appropriate for you, our readers.
What is a doctor’s role?
A primary care doctor is responsible for the care of people with specific medical conditions and disorders, such as a cancer patient, a stroke patient or a heart attack patient.
They also provide general medical advice to the wider healthcare system.
A general practitioner is a person who specializes in general medicine and is not a doctor.
They are usually a specialist or midwife and have a wider medical knowledge.
Primary care doctors can prescribe medication, test the blood and urine of patients, administer treatment and treat minor ailments such as coughs and colds.
They can also carry out surgical procedures.
How much does a general practitioner charge?
The NHS charges a fee for their services and they also receive a percentage of the patient’s insurance premiums.
There are different fees for primary care, general practice and surgical treatment.
How long do I need to spend in hospital?
The average hospital stay for a general practice or general practitioner patient is 6 days, according to the NHS.
The average time in hospital for a stroke or heart attack case is 10 days.
How is a primary doctor paid?
In the UK, a general or general practice patient pays a fee to the health service, called the National Health Service Charge.
The NHS collects a fee from the private sector to cover the cost of treating the patients.
This is known as a charge per visit and is collected by the health care providers themselves.
For the NHS to cover its costs, a primary healthcare practitioner must receive a salary.
The total amount of a general practitioners fee is then split between the public and private sectors.
How do I apply to become a general doctor?
You can apply to be a general care practitioner online or call 0300 123 100 to find the right person to meet your needs.
Do you have a question about healthcare?
Share your thoughts on this article with the BBC Health Team by using the hashtag #health.
Do your doctor tests look different to those in the UK?
Do you need to be tested for specific diseases?
Do they have a specific blood test?
What is the difference between a general hospital and a specialist hospital?
Do I need my GP to be able to prescribe medication for me?
Do my insurance cover a general clinic visit?
Is it a good idea to get a CT scan or MRI scan?
Do primary care doctors give you advice about what you can eat and drink?
Do there are other services available?
What if I can’t get a consultation at the doctor?
Do other people have the same questions?
Can a general surgery or surgery specialist see patients?
How do you find out more about your doctor?
We have information about the NHS and what it can offer, and also links to more information and resources.
What if my GP can’t see me in person?
If your GP cannot see you, you can still get in touch using the NHS phone number 0300123100.
This number is only accessible in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We are also working on a free service which will be available to all, but you’ll need to speak to a GP to get it.
How can I get in contact with the NHS if I’m in England or Wales?
Find out more from the NHS about your GP visit and about getting a GP referral to an NHS specialist.
Can I use an electronic health record (EHR)?
If you have an EHR, you’ll be able use it to access GP information and access to your GP records.
You can also use it for checking your GP’s records.
Do I have to wear a mask to get treatment?
Some patients who are admitted to hospital with a health condition may require a mask when they go home, such is the need to avoid a risk of exposure to germs.
The Government has launched a consultation to understand the benefits of using a mask.
What happens if I have a problem with my health record?
If you think you have been treated unfairly, contact your local NHS England office.
They will be able get in to see you and get to the bottom of the matter.
If you are in the hospital and