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Online doctor service key to combat rampant medical hoaxes

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, November 27, 2019  /  03:00 pm
Online doctor service key to combat rampant medical hoaxes

An online doctor consultation helps patients to decide the next step they should take. (shutterstock/File)

Twenty-five-year-old Nur Fitriani is no stranger to medical hoaxes. Her mother, who was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, believes in “medicines” advertised on a local TV channel. These medicines, which are available in pills and oral drops, are said to be beneficial in curing serious diseases, such as diabetes and stroke. Both the pills and oral drops cost around Rp 450,000 (US$31.94) and Rp 250,000, respectively. “She [bought and] took all of them and nothing happened,” Nur, who lives with her mother in Cirebon, West Java, recently told The Jakarta Post. “My mother has a fear of doctors so she trusts the ads even more," she added. Nur would get scolded whenever she tried to educate her mother. “She thinks I don’t want her to get better,” she said, adding that she had even reported the ads to the I...