- diagnosis and misdiagnosis
- doctor communication
- family caregiving
- follow the money
- health care and cost management
- health insurance
- hospital care
- malpractice and misdiagnosis
- medical bills
- medical decision making
- patient communication
- patient safety
- the government and health care
- types of patient advocates
- working with advocates and care managers
How to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills: Get It In Writing
Surprise medical bills have become a standard feature of American healthcare. Twenty percent of Americans say they've gotten an unexpected medical bill. This isn't supposed to happen, thanks to the...
When Is the “Best Doctor” Not the Best Doctor?
Finding the best doctor may not seem like a game, but everyone loves a good riddle. Riddles are often clever and lighthearted. We chuckle (or groan!) at the answer, and...
How To Spot Medical Gaslighting And Overcome It
When politicians try to tell you things are great when you can see that they're not, that's gaslighting. When a doctor or other healthcare professional minimizes your symptoms or makes...
How To Manage Covid-19 Medical Bills
As rates of Covid-19 infections continue to ebb and flow, most people are plain sick of the pandemic. But getting sick, or working hard to avoid infection, may not be...
How To Manage When Healthcare Answers Are Just Out Of Reach
Healthcare answers can be hard to come by, especially if you don't feel like your voice is heard. Here's a story of one patient who struggled to get the answers...
How to Make Good Medical Decisions Under Pressure
We've all probably experienced how hard it is to make decisions under pressure. Our mind tends to kick into overdrive. We try to think through all the factors we need...
How To Handle Unwelcome, Overly Familiar Communication
In today's world, there's a lot of talk about how people want to be referred to. Using someone's preferred pronouns or their correct title is a sign of respect. But...
If You’ve Delayed Medical Care, It’s Time To Take Care Of Your Health
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us delayed medical care. If you've delayed seeing your doctor, don't wait any longer to take care of your health. Early on in the...
How Would You Like Your Healthcare: High Tech Or High Touch?
Everywhere we turn, we can see the impact of technology. “There’s an app for that!” we hear. But is high-tech healthcare right for everyone? For much of our lives, that’s...
How To Avoid Negative Consequences Of Avoiding Medical Care
When you're having a tough time making a medical decision, remember that avoiding medical care is itself a decision. And it may have a negative impact on your health and...
What Does It Cost To Hire A Patient Advocate?
Understanding the healthcare system can be difficult for anybody. Luckily, there are professionals who can help you navigate any healthcare situation. These professionals are patient advocates, sometimes called healthcare advocates,...
Getting Revenge In The Face of Medical Malpractice
Doctors are among the most respected profession, ranking second only to nurses, according to Gallup. But medical errors do happen, sometimes with dire consequences. Sometimes, those errors are the result...