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Hospital advertising can make us sick with worry

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My recent visit to a private hospital was a stressful experience as I was bombarded by aggressive advertising campaigns for the hospital's healthcare services. 

While waiting for a receptionist to check the room number of a relative who was admitted, I came face-to-face with an advertising banner for their healthcare service that read: "Do you know that smoking is a sign of psychiatric illness?" Going to the elevator, I found another banner that read: "Osteoporosis is a silent threat. The elderly are at risk of osteoporosis. To measure bone density, go to the radiology department and X-ray unit."

Another sign at the elevator door read: "Blurred vision, eye strain. The symptoms are serious. You are at risk of cataracts and the hospital's telephone numbers are given at the signs below."

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