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Patient Empowerment News, Issues & Debates

A relatively new concept, patient empowerment has evolved as the practice of medicine has become more difficult to manage for both patients and practitioners. From the costs of health care, to the increase in medical errors, to literacy and politics, there are a number of issues being explained, addressed and debated in medicine today.
  1. Affordable Care Act (healthcare reform) (12)
  2. Counterfeit Drugs
  3. Food & Drug Recalls (2)
  4. Healthcare Fraud & Scams (17)
  5. Healthcare Reform (31)
  6. Non-Seasonal Flus (21)
  7. Prevention (8)
  8. Seasonal Flu Guide (10)

Stuck at Home? Time on Your Hands? Here's Some Patient Empowerment Reading
If you're home from work and school, have an afternoon to yourself, and you don't need another nap, there here is a list of patient empowerment articles that might be interesting reading.

Healthcare System Alerts and Warnings for 2013
The year 2013 brings with it new rules, and changes in the healthcare system that smart patients must be aware of. Not all changes are bad, in fact some are beneficial. Some require immediate action.

The Patient Empowerment Movement
The roots of patient empowerment help us understand why being an empowered patient helps us find our best medical outcomes.

Trisha Torrey's Walking Gallery Jacket
Find here a large photo and description of Trisha Torrey's story painted on a jacket as part of Regina Holliday's Walking Gallery.

The Wise Patient's Guide to Patient Empowerment
Understanding the reasons for empowerment, and what it takes to be empowered will go a long way in helping you understand the benefits.

The Top 5 Traits of Empowered Patients

Why Some Patients Resist Empowerment

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Be an Empowered Patient
The list of things that make us empowered patients could go on forever. Sometimes its easier to look at the things we should NOT do to get the best of the healthcare system.

GINA - The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Known as GINA
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, known as GINA, was passed in 2008 to protect Americans from discrimination based on their DNA - their genetic code. There are specific considerations for both health insurers and employers. Be aware of this law so you can be sure you are not a victim of genetic discrimination.

Is It Health? Or Is It Medicine?
Description of the differences and interactions between the concepts of health and medicine.

How to Confirm or Debunk Claims Made in Email, Blogs or Social Media
Emails and social media posts, like those in Facebook or Twitter, make questionable claims, and we don't know whether to believe them. They get forwarded or linked over and over again. It's difficult to tell how much truth they may contain, so it's time to learn how to confirm or debunk the claims we find in email, blogs or other social media.

Issues in Patient Safety
The health and well-being of a patient can be violated by problems with patient safety. Drug errors, infections, surgeries gone awry and other mistakes can result in injuries to patients and even death.

What Patients Need to Know About Healthcare and Their Privacy
Most patients in the United States think their health or medical records are private, and never stop to consider all the ways their privacy is violated. Smart patients are aware of the many ways their privacy is lost as they simply live their lives, or access medical care.

Tips for Healthy Travel - Traveling When You Have Health or Medical Challenges
When you have a health or medical problem, travel can be challenging and problematic. Here are some tips for keeping your travel as stress and difficulty-free as possible.

Staying Healthy When You Travel Abroad
Traveling when you have health or medical challenges can be difficult, but traveling to international destinations can create even bigger challenges. Here are some tips for making sure you can manage your health problems if you decide to travel abroad.

How to Deal with Medical Emergencies When You Travel Outside the United States
When Americans travel to other countries they find that medical emergencies can become challenging, because healthcare systems are different, payment for medical care is different, and language barriers may create even bigger hurdles. Here is some advice for preparing for, and dealing with medical emergencies overseas.

What Is the FICO Medication Adherence Score?
Most of us understand that a FICO score affects our ability to get financial credit. But FICO has developed a new score called the FICO Medication Adherence Score. Learn what this score is, who is interested in it, and why we patients must be concerned about it.

What Is Healthcare Rationing?
When we are denied the medical care we want or think we need, having a knowledge of the concept of healthcare rationing will go a long way toward helping us how to combat it. Understanding healthcare rationing will also help us understand conversations in the coming years about healthcare reform.

Understanding Healthcare Reform
The American healthcare system is dysfunctional. From politicians to patients, we hear cries for healthcare system reform. Learn what issues need to be addressed, and understand the various opinions about what the possible answers might be.

A Decade of Patient Empowerment - Readers Share Their Thoughts
Now that you've read about patient empowerment's decade in review, you may have some ideas of your own about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past decade in health and medical care. Share them here!

The Decade in Review - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Pati…
The Decade from 2000 - 2009 brought good, bad and ugly developments for patients and their medical care. In each case, they have had an effect on our abilities to get good healthcare, making it ever more imperative we become empowered patients.

Organ, Tissue and Body Donation - Should You Donate?
Many parts of the human body can be transplanted to other people to help improve or extend life. In some countries, donations are assumed, but not in the United States. Learn about making the choice to be an organ, tissue and/or whole body donor.

The ADA - The Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) levels the playing field in the workplace providing for "reasonable accommodation." While this article has been written for patients with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, it's a good, broad overview of the act and provides information for anyone with a disability.

Book Review: Our Bodies, Ourselves - Revised, Updated 40th Anniversary Edition
A review of the 2011, 40th Anniversary edition of the women's health classic, Our Bodies Ourselves by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.

We Learned Everything We Need to Know About Healthcare in Kindergarten
As millions of youngsters head off to kindergarten each Fall, we are reminded that some of the lessons they learn serve us well throughout our lifetimes. We can use them as an approach to our healthcare, too. Here are some of those lessons.

What Ethical, Legal and Moral Questions are Raised by Personalized Medicine?
With the development of genetic testing and personalized medicine come some very difficult questions about who owns one's personal genetic code, how private should it be, how it will be used and whether or not an individual should be tested. Understanding the questions will help us arrive at the best answers for society.

EMRs and PHRs - Digital Record Keeping for Patients
EMRs, Electronic Medical Records, and PHRs, personal health records, will soon be coming to a computer near you -- in your doctor's office, or your own home. Learn what they are, how you can control or review their information, and why they may, or may not, improve your health care.

What Can Smart Patients Learn from Media or Celebrity Doctors?
There are three kinds of celebrity doctors, some far more credible than others. Learn to assess their credentials, then follow the money and their motivations to determine how well their advice can serve you.

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