Smartphones and soaring

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Monday, July 23, 2012

SSSA Article

Information technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, and it is no surprise to see newer and more advanced avionics in flight panels of the latest gliders – flight computers, variometers, GPS and navigation systems, both sexy and costly.  For new competitive or cross country pilots, a PDA and flying software system has to date been an essential and expensive purchase.  Naviter brings out a fully contained system called Oudie with preloaded SeeYou software, and I am tol...


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Medical aid advisers- why do they upset me?

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Thursday, April 19, 2012

One would think, taking into consideration my career thus far as fairly typical of the average fifty year old South African doctor, that.....

.....after six years of intensive study, hundreds of hours of examinations, work experience in six hospitals, eight or so Christmas Days, and eight New Year’s Days and many special holidays on duty, missed birthday parties and family celebrations, several hundred happy live baby deliveries, and sadly several stillborn babies, dozens of caesarean sect...


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My journey to belief in Jesus

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why I am a Christian.

Do you have to sacrifice your intellect for blind belief when you become a Christian?  So many people searching for meaning to their lives are put off by this possibility.  The answer is an emphatic “No!”  For many years before I became a Christian I believed I did.  Now I know the opposite is true.

So what changed?  I stopped listening to what everyone else had to say ‘for’ and ‘against’ about belief in general, and Christianity in particular, and began to...


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What should doctors tell young people who want to study medicine?

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Thursday, April 15, 2010

Every now and then a young person approaches me for advice on studying medicine.  The majority are extremely bright, capable and enthusiastic semi-adults, with strong desires to change the world and to ‘make a difference.’

I was once like that, once upon a time, long, long ago……….

I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember.  At a very early stage in my life, as soon as I could walk and talk, I also wanted to be a Royal Marine.  As an adult I got to be the closest e...


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What has alternative medicine got that traditional medicine has lost?

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Thursday, March 25, 2010

I remember talking to the wife I had just met of an old friend whom I had not seen in twenty years.  She was an avid avoider of medical doctors, preferring to take her family to alternative health practitioners.    Learning I was a doctor, and to my dismay, she began telling me about her fantastic homeopath, and how he had sorted out numerous problems that previous ‘inept’ family doctors had struggled to heal.  Her approach, as I have come to expect, was both provocative and accusing.

 T...


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An interesting fact about medical aids

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Thursday, February 25, 2010
Few people realise how much money medical aid administrators consume to administer the business of processing medical aid claims. One of the biggest medical aids in the country takes 15% of the total member payments for administration and profit.

This is put into perspective when one realises that this is the same total amount as every consulting doctor in the country combined.

The medical aid has staff of about 4500, and I estimate no more than ten office complexes around the country. Consulti...
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Let's discuss fees!

Posted by CareSpace.net Young on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Part of transparent and open medical care is an up-front discussion of costs and expected fees.

For consultations I work close to the old 'medical rate' whenever possible because I do many rooms-based procedures, and these amount to a figure I consider fair return for my services. For prolonged consultations or complicated issues, i.e. longer than 20 minutes I will apply code 0191. Most medical aids do not remunerate code 0191.

For operations I base my fees on 'private rates' which may be signi...
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About Me


Martin Young I am eternally restless, always pushing the boundaries, an early adopter, obsessive about the things I am interested in, a bit hyperactive, and an adrenaline junkie! My poor wife!! She has given me two beautiful children and a home to grow old in! I owe her everything I have. I write as a hobby, and contribute to medical publications, and international blogs on medicine. I play guitar, sing a bit (not very well!), write music, and lead worship for our local Vineyard church. I have a hard-won faith, found by the long and difficult route, in a God who loves us equally and passionately, and His Son, Jesus, who died that we might live lives of eternity.

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