Diagnosis bad for ‘Hello Doctor’

2013-11-21 00:00

EXECUTIVE producer and presenter of the “Hello Doctor” medical service, Dr Michael Mol, said he was “stunned and disappointed” after the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) issued a statement warning the public against using Hello Doctor.

The HPSCA said that despite submissions by Sanlam Health and MTN as well as Hello Doctor, a subsidiary of Metropolitan Health, being rejected by the council in 2012, the regulator has noticed, with concern, recent initiatives by the MTN Hello Doctor partnership offering “text conversations” with doctors as well as telephonic “House call” access to doctors’ services.

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