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Covid-19 is a good time for patient-doctor relationship to mature

Patients are asked to monitor their own health at home as hospitals and doctors are overloaded. When patients become active partners in their own care, the relationship with doctors becomes less unequal.

Covid-19 is upending the traditional doctor-patient relationship in many ways.

The latest, and perhaps most consequential, change is taking place right now, in thousands of homes and clinics across Singapore, and millions more around the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2021, with the headline 'Covid-19 is a good time for patient-doctor relationship to mature'. Subscribe