Having Your Complete Medical History Could Save Your Life
Healthcare: noun (helth kaer) - The maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, especially through the provision of medical services
Healthcare is a top social and economic problem here in the United States. Whether it is the cost of healthcare insurance, un- or under-insured, employer coverage or government regulations, the big question is "Why is everything so difficult and confusing?"
Being an Advocate is a direct approach that a person or organization may take to solve an issue.
I have learned just how important it is to become your own Healthcare Advocate with two major health problems in the last ten years. Severe endometriosis went undiagnosed until I demanded appropriate testing and more recently, a brain tumor that was discovered during a regular eye exam by my ophthalmologist.
I found that to get the best medical care, I had to take responsibility for it. I now want to share the lessons I have learned with all of you. Please use the information on this website to Be Proactive and Become Your Own Healthcare Advocate!
Advocate: noun (advekit) - A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of reform
Brain Tumor Survivor
With all of my recent medical treatments, I have observed a common occurrence with many patients in the waiting room. They often forget to bring an item that is necessary for their doctor's appointment.
It might be insurance information, a list of current medications, including dosages or a referral from their primary care physician. Or it can be blood test results, copies of x-rays, MRI or CAT scan films or reports from a radiologist, orthopedist or other specialist.
So the lesson here is: When you make a doctor's appointment, ask what items you need to bring with you and write down the information.
Education and preparation are the key to any success.
- If you are uncomfortable with a diagnosis, ask for second (or third) opinion if necessary.
- Demand proper testing.
- Quality follow-up care is a must.
My hope is that all Americans will become proactive and take control of their medical care.
One of the best ways to become proactive is to create a personal healthcare journal that contains all of your accurate medical information.