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If you've ever had a mystery rash, strange cough or weird insect bite, you've probably done a quick search on the internet to get some answers…
…and based on what you find, you start thinking the worst.
However, Dr Google has come to the online rescue with its 'Health Cards' – verified medical information that aims to help people find the facts when they search symptoms and health conditions.
With one in 20 Google searches related to health information, the new 'Health Cards' will include outlines of the symptoms, diagnosis and prevalence according to age of more than 900 commonly searched conditions.
Google Program Manager, Isobel Solaqua reiterates that each of the 'Health Cards' was created with a team of medical doctors.
"All of the gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from these doctors and high-quality medical sources across the web. Each fact has been checked by a panel of at least ten medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic for accuracy."
Well, the function was never designed to take the place of a traditional doctor. Instead, its aim is to empower users so that they can be informed when they do make an appointment to see their doctor.
Solaqua explains, "That doesn't mean these search results are intended as medical advice… What we present is intended for informational purposes only — and you should always consult a healthcare professional if you have a medical concern."
If you do need to visit a doctor, make sure you check out Whitecoat, an online tool that gives you access to more than 200,000 healthcare providers Australia-wide. You can easily search the whole range of GPs by their location and online reviews. You can also find out whether they accept on-the-spot HICAPS payments (a payment system that automatically processes your private health claim) and book appointments online.