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Trisha Torrey

Want to Start and Grow a Patient Advocacy Business?

By October 26, 2012

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I'm happy to announce publication of my third book. Hang on for the title (it's a long one!) The Health Advocate's Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook. (Yes, I could have called it something else, but at least this way, you know exactly what it is...)

Many of you know that beyond writing and speaking to patients and caregivers, I also work with patient advocates to help them help patients. My thought process - I can write an article for a patient and help a patient. Or I can write for an advocate who will, in turn, help hundreds more patients.

In today's healthcare world, the best advocates are those who are independent. Here's why:

A patient advocate who works for a hospital is paid by the hospital, and at the end of the day, must make the hospital happy. If she can help a patient along the way - that's great. But too often there's not much she can do to improve the plight of the patient.

A patient advocate who works for an insurance company is paid by the insurance company, and at the end of the day, must make the insurance company happy. If he can help a patient along the way - that's great. But his job is to ration care and keep costs low, so it's possible (probable) that patient won't really get what he or she needs.

But a patient advocate who is independent and works directly for the patient can pull out all the stops on that patient's behalf. So while there are a few companies that provide many patient advocates, for the most part, someone choosing this career must go into business by him or herself.... and thus this book. Since my background prior to working in patient empowerment and advocacy was business and marketing, this one seemed like a natural. It joins my two other books, The Health Advocate's Marketing Handbook and You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve). (They are all available at Amazon.)

Publishing a book is a little like giving birth, except there are no diapers, and no college education to subsidize 18 years later. I'm happy to have given birth to my third.

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October 26, 2012 at 10:55 am
(1) Beth Gainer says:

Congratulations on your new book, Trisha! Good for you! I’ll have to check it out sometime, maybe write a review of it.

November 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(2) gemdiamondintherough says:

Something I am definitely interested in reading, and hopefully being able to put to use.
I am disabled and a healthcare provider. I still have head knowledge and there must be some useful things I can do. Am looking forward to reading your suggestions and insights.

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