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Professional Health Care Helpers

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.

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by Victoria Colliver
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2007

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  • marcy February 27, 2008, 3:14 pm

    Of course it’s unfortunate that yet another level of care is needed but I can’t tell if you’re endorsing this service or decrying it.
    Particularly for the elderly and the mentally incompetent whose busy families can’t stay at the bedside this may be a good thing?

  • Emily February 27, 2008, 5:54 pm

    I’m decrying the need for it. Our health care system is so hard to deal with that when we get injured or sick, we can’t just concentrate on getting well. If we’re lacking the needed strength or clarity of mind to advocate for ourselves, we need to have someone on “our side” making sure we don’t slip through the cracks. In a better system where health care was patient-centered (rather than cost/profit-centered) this wouldn’t be needed. Thus, it’s yet another, albeit necessary, cost.

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