What is a Patient Centric Advocate?
A person who helps guide a patient through the healthcare system. This includes help going through the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of a medical condition, such as cancer. A patient advocate helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care. Patient advocates also called patient navigator, may also help patients set up appointments for doctor visits and medical tests and get financial, legal, and social support. They may also work with insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers, and others who may have an effect on a patient’s healthcare needs.
How to Survive in our Healthcare System?
For the best outcomes possible, patients must take greater control of his or her own healthcare.
- Know your lab numbers.
- Obtain hardcopies of medical records.
- Ask more questions.
- Patients need to be more aware and take charge.
- Do not wait to get sick.
Most important have an in-depth discussion of end-of life care issues, including what is palliative and hospice care and a discussion of the importance of creating advanced directives now, while you’re still healthy.
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