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According to Jewish belief, God gives you sicknesses and god gives you cures. If you are sick it's because God wants you to be sick. Once he deems that you no longer need the disease you are then cured.

This can be inferred from the first of the Thirteen Principles of Jewish faith and many other sources:

  1. Belief in the existence of the Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.

If this is so, why bother with ever going to the doctor?

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Can you provide sources for the Jewish beliefs that this question is founded on? Are you sure that all illness is punishment? –  Isaac Moses Aug 22 at 14:29
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According to Jewish belief, God gives life and brings death. If this is so, why bother raising one's hand from a plate of food to one's mouth? –  Isaac Moses Aug 22 at 14:30
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related answer judaism.stackexchange.com/a/36787/1362 –  Danno Aug 22 at 14:36
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@AniYodeya, the question is still founded on unsupported assertions. –  Isaac Moses Aug 22 at 14:50
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@AniYodeya As I suggested in my second comment, you seem to be arguing against doing anything. If God is the Primary Cause of everything, that leaves me off the hook for taking any action, ever, right? –  Isaac Moses Aug 22 at 14:58

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The same reason that you have to go and earn a living, even though G-d gives you what you need for food, clothing and shelter.

Because G-d wants you to engage in the world and transform it, not live outside it.

To quote the Lubavitcher Rebbe:

We are commanded in our holy Torah, the Torah [of Life, emanating] from “the Living G‑d,” that concerning our health we are to meticulously obey “doctor’s orders,” since “Permission was granted the healer to heal,” and the doctor serves merely as an agent [of G‑d to achieve healing].

Understandably, it is perfectly fine to voice your protests and opinions regarding the doctor’s [prescribed] course of healing — including the notion you wrote to me. However, after the doctor hears you out [and then renders his final opinion], you are to follow his instructions whether you logically agree with them or not.

For, as stated above, the doctor is no more than an agent who heals at the behest and with the permission granted to him by the Torah; [and] since this [power to heal] emanates from the Torah, [the doctor’s orders] are equally beneficial to body and soul.

[The above is true] even when one does not understand the [Torah’s] reasoning [for following doctor’s orders] or thinks differently — which in itself is also not surprising, as Torah is G‑d’s Divine will and wisdom, and thus it is no wonder that not everything the Torah states is comprehensible to man.

However, [it is quite clear that] man must follow all the dictates of the Torah, even when they are not understood — and understanding will eventually follow.

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I infer that your question means, "Are you allowed to go the doctor?" rather than, "What's the point of doing it?"

See Shmot 21:19 that states that someone who injures someone else must pay the injured's doctor's bills.

It can be assumed that if the Torah has stated that someone must pay someone else's doctor's bills, it means not only that the Torah allows someone to see his doctor, but, in a sense, REQUIRES that person to see his doctor so that he can be healed. And how do we know that the Torah wants him to be healed? See the beginning of the same verse - "He walks on his crutches".

If you argue - "Oh, G-d healed him and he never saw the doctor", yes, that's entirely possible, but, then, again, the verse obviously does give the injured the option to do so. The point is, that there is nothing implied in the verse stating the person should NOT attempt to be healed by a doctor and leave everything up to G-d.

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I think that when the Torah requires the aggressor to pay the doctor bills that's just a way to give an evaluation to the amount owed to the victim. The victim doesn't have to use that money to go to the doctor. –  Ani Yodeya Aug 22 at 15:12
    
@AniYodeya - I don't think that's how it works. I think you reimburse the bill. I could be mistaken with that interpretation, though. –  DanF Aug 22 at 15:32
    
@AniYodeya, the obligation is to pay for the medical expenses. According to the source there, Rabbi Elchanan Vasserman says the obligation is to actually heal the person. Paying the doctor is simply a way of fulfilling the obligation. So if he was a doctor, he could just do the work himself, ostensibly. This also fits the straight meaning of the verse "he shall surely heal him", no direct mention of money. –  Yishai Aug 22 at 17:45
    
@Yishai - "This also fits the straight meaning of the verse "he shall surely heal him". Nice!! I didn't think of that. –  DanF Aug 22 at 17:49

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