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Overcoming Problems and Finding Solutions to Get Our Best Medical Care

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We are constantly faced with problems getting the health care we deserve. You may be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. You or a loved one may have been harmed by the system through a medical error or other patient safety violation. Patients' rights or privacy problems plague many. And we all know our health care is far too expensive. Awareness of these problems and possible solutions to them helps improve our chances for better care.
  1. Misdiagnosis, Lack of Diagnosis or Ineffective Treatment
  2. Healthcare Is Too Expensive
  3. Medical Mistakes and Patient Safety Violations
  1. Communication Problems With Doctors and Other Providers
  2. Fraud, Medical Identity Theft or Other Illegal Activity
  3. Finding Help to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Problems With Medical Care

Misdiagnosis, Lack of Diagnosis or Ineffective Treatment

Some statistics say that as many as 20% of all diagnoses are incorrect. Some patients may spend weeks or months undiagnosed, with no answer to what is causing their symptoms. Understanding the roots of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can help patients work with their physicians to arrive at the right answers.

Healthcare Is Too Expensive

Whether or not you have health insurance, you know the costs of health care in America are going up. The only way to save money is to understand where the costs add up for you, and take steps toward keeping them down. A smart patient will review insurance costs, use generic drugs, review medical bills, and take other steps to help minimize the costs of healthcare.

Medical Mistakes and Patient Safety Violations

People are injured or die everyday, not from the illness or injury they started with, but from mistakes made by the system that is supposed to provide care. Smart patients know how and where these mistakes can be made, then arm themselves to prevent possible harm.

Communication Problems With Doctors and Other Providers

No matter how good a practitioner your doctor may be, if you don't understand what he tells you (or if he doesn't listen or clearly answer your questions), your care will not be the best it can be. Understanding potential problems with communication, and knowing how to improve your rapport with your doctor or other provider, will help improve the care you receive.

Fraud, Medical Identity Theft or Other Illegal Activity

Illegal activity in medicine

Because American healthcare is about sickness and money, the care of too many patients is influenced or affected by illegal activity. From Medicare or Medicaid fraud, to quacks, and medical identity theft, wise patients make themselves aware of these pitfalls so they can be savvy enough to avoid them.

Finding Help to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Problems With Medical Care

Patient Advocates can help you overcome hurdles in the healthcare system and get your best care.

Sometimes the problems of access, getting the right diagnosis or even keeping track of costs or paying for your care can be positively overwhelming. It's time to ask for help. Patient and Health Advocates are available to help you overcome your challenges with the healthcare system.

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