As you know, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 400,000 people die each year from hospital errors, hospital-acquired infections, misdiagnoses, side effects from pharmaceuticals and complications of surgery. Below are a few tips that I provide to my clients in helping minimize these errors occurring to them. I consult with my clients in taking a more proactive role in their Health Care. My Goal as a Private Patient Advocate is to help prevent these medical errors occurring to you!
Make sure that you give a complete medical history to your Physician (that is to include all family and past medical history). This will help your Physician in making a correct diagnosis
Bring a list of all your current medications and vitamins to your visit. All of your Physicians should have a copy of this list. This list should be updated every time your medication changes.
When given a diagnosis - ask questions and then ask more questions! If you don’t have a clear understanding of what is being told to you about your heath - ask someone to help you. Or call your Private Patient Advocate to assist you.
Always take someone with you to your appointment and have questions prepared prior to your visit. Your Private Patient Adovocate can assist you with this.
If you don’t agree with the diagnosis or you have unanswered concerns…get a 2nd opinion. If you are not getting better…get a 2nd opinion. I always encourage my clients to get a 2nd opinion. Listen to your gut!!! Some insurance providers will now pay for your 2nd opinion.