The pandemic has trained people to fend for themselves and take a more active role in managing their health care.

An increasing number of patients appear to be taking their health care into their own hands. A recent Wall Street Journal report examines why “more consumers are turning to gadgets, home kits, apps, and monitors for tasks and tests previously handled by trained medical professionals.”

The trend is encouraged by some doctors whose patients are frustrated by appointment-scheduling delays and telehealth options.

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