I agree 75% with that sentiment. I think all those commercials do create a low level panic around health conditions. The 25% comes from the benefit of having an educated patient. People who think that decline in function is "just old age" may realize that they can get help and a higher quality of life if they just discuss their condition with a medical professional. As long as a doctor is involved in actually making the medical diagnosis, I'm not ready to say we should ban medical advertising.
I read you loud and clear on that, Engineer.
Anything that informs the public has value...and that cannot simply be dismissed.
I think, however, that the level of noise on television these days regarding various drug products has become so loud, the benefits are not worth the bother. Some of the warnings are almost farcical. Ya gotta wonder who would take the stuff…and ya gotta wonder why anyone would want to advertise the product knowing the disclaimers that are involved.
The only answer I’ve been able to come up with it…$$$$$$. These commercials have got to be filling the cash register…which probably means there is some involvement of doctors also.
Fine line between running a profitable doctoring business…and practicing decent medicine.
Strong lobby for the drug companies…and I doubt these ads will be banned. But some fix is probably needed…and may come to pass.