Replacing doctors with medicine

«Medication appears to be the poor man’s medical technology, as it is cheaper and more accessible to the consumer than modern methods,» explained Professor Yiannis Kyriopoulos of the National Public Health School, who was in charge of the survey. «Medicines are mostly taken by the poor,» he added,» those who are not well educated, who smoke, drink and who do not exercise. That is the profile of the person who takes a lot of medication, in addition of course to the elderly.» «In contrast, those in high-income brackets, who have reached a high educational level, who do not drink or smoke, and exercise (at least 30 minutes a day), usually take fewer medications. Their health needs are usually limited to seeking advice from doctors and they resort less to hospital care. They are not admitted as frequently to hospital as those in the other groups.»

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