If you or a loved one have ever been diagnosed with a serious disease or admitted to a hospital, you know the stress that comes not just from the illness itself but from making sure you’re getting the best care. Overworked nurses and doctors with poor bed-side manners can be aggravating. Sometimes, if mistakes are made or directions are misunderstood, they can even be fatal.
But the average person lacks the medical expertise needed to measure the work of a provider or insurer. What’s the best course of treatment? Why is my condition not getting better? Why are the nurse and the residents giving me totally different information? How can I make sure my insurance will cover this necessary procedure?
Answering these questions on your own can be exhausting, if not impossible. But help may be on the way. “Private health care advocacy is a new and growing field emerging at a time when an increasing number of Americans find themselves dealing with a chronic disease, aging family members, accident-related outcomes or the bureaucracy of health insurance.”
One more added expense to the health cost bundle.
For more on this go to:
A PROFESSION IS BORN TO HELP PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE HEALTH CARE MAZE
by Victoria Colliver
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2007