“What makes this book different? There isn’t a lot of fluff. Just solid, useful information and tools that will help you make good decisions for a loved one.”
-IJH, San Francisco, California
“RIGHT CARE, RIGHT NOW” is a practical no-nonsense guide written for people short on time who need information about representing a patient in today’s U.S. health care system.
Included are powerful strategies and techniques to plan and process health care decisions for a patient.
This is an easy to read reference that is to the point and heavily linked to essential research, physician, hospital, drug and government insurance websites.
- How to avoid the top ten mistakes made by most health advocates.
- How to research medical treatment options (and why you shouldn’t rely on Google).
- How to find the best doctors, surgeons and hospitals, and which questions you should ask before you hire them.
- How to do background checks on doctors and hospitals.
- Learn when teaching hospitals tend to make the most mistakes.
- When and how to fire a doctor.
- Why second and third opinions matter.
- How to get get the best second and third medical opinions, and why it is often best NOT to get them from colleagues of the primary care physician.
- How to research and source the best and most economical medications.
- How to work with Medicare and private insurance companies, and deal with excessive charges and billings.
- How to appeal insurance denials of insurance coverage.
- How to establish your legal and practical role as a patient advocate, or outsource to a professional or volunteer advocate.
And much more…
This is the book for non-medical people who must deal with one of the most complex medical bureaucracies on the planet, and who don’t have a lot of time to learn how to do it.
FROM CHAPTER 1:
“Your role as a health advocate can mean the difference between life and death for someone you love.”
Every year more than 200,000 deaths in the United States result from hospital errors that could have been prevented. They happen because of distractions, shift changes, miscommunication, or natural human error. Every day there are thousands of examples of misdiagnosis, mistakes with prescriptions and dosages, procedural errors in hospitals, and other problems, nearly all of which could be prevented with quality and procedural control measures.
FROM CHAPTER 9:
“It’s not good enough that Aunt Gertrude likes the doctor and the hospital. Do background checks.”
You don’t have to be at the mercy of a website or a referral. You can find the answers about a doctor’s license for yourself…
This remains the only combined database of all licensing jurisdictions that has its direct source of data from state licensing boards.
Federation of State Medical Boards
This website has links to state medical and osteopathic boards.
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)
This electronic public access service allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. PACER is provided by the federal judiciary in keeping with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralized service. The cost is very reasonable.
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- Medicare Tax? Health Care for the Elderly? Let’s look at the facts about the proposed Medicare Tax … and a medical care program for the aged that already exists! What’s the hurry here? The supporters of the proposed Medicare Tax would have you believe that passage of this controversial bill is urgent … that persons over 5 are deprived of needed medical care because they can’t pay for it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Kerr-Mills Law, passed by Congress in 1960 – enabled individual states to guarantee to every elderly person who needs help the health care he or she requires. We call this health program … Health Opportunity for the Elderly. Thousands of people every day are being helped by its generous benefits. And unlike Medicare, which would substantially increase your Social Security Tax payroll deductions, existing programs are being paid for now by a part of your present tax dollar! Medicare? NO. Health Care for the Elderly? YES! ….. 1964 American Medical Association Ad, A5157.
- H.R. 3590 – The Health Care Reform Bill as passed on March 21, 2010 — Complete text signed by President Barack Obama (also known as “Health Reform” and … Act 2009 / 2010″) 2,409 pages — Searchable
- What does this new health care law mean for uninsured people who need coverage?
- Mississippi leaders hold health care forum
- Landmark Inside Story America New Health Care Law and What I-Washington Post