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The Who/What/Why of Patient Advocacy!

May 11, 2017

 

Did you know that Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of Death in the United States?  And more than 20% of Patients are being Misdiagnosed by their Primary Care Physician?  What can a Patient do to prevent this from happening to them or a loved one?

 

Well, the new idea whose time has come is the Private Patient Advocate.  They can assist their patients navigate through the Healthcare System and represent the patient’s best interest in any medical situation! 

 

So, here are the 3 W’s of Patient Advocacy:

 

WHO might need a Private Patient Advocate?

  • Adult children with aging parents

  • Out-of-town adult children with aging parents

  • Someone with a new diagnosis

  • A Patient that has been misdiagnosed

  • Patients that have a complicated and complex medical history

  • Patients with more than one Doctor