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.

"The first wealth is health" - Ralph Waldo EmersonI 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

Tes Scanlon

Tes Scanlon
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.

Remember:

  • 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.

Signed, Tes