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“Do Not Quote Me”

A few years ago I was at a picnic with a friend who is an orthopedist. The question was raised about whether advice given by doctors is always in the best interests of the patient. “Do not quote me,” was how he began his reply. At least that alerted me that he would give an honest opinion. What followed were a half dozen examples of times he had been forced to adjust his recommendations to …

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My Sibling Has Disabilities, My Parents Have Died – Now What?

This is such a difficult scenario, yet it happens every day. A child, perhaps mentally or physically disabled from birth, or one who might have suffered an accident earlier in life, grows into adulthood, having been cared for by very loving parents who did everything they could possibly do to care for their child. As everyone grows older, eventually both parents die, leaving behind the child with disabilities, now an adult, who has outlived his …

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The Dangers of Having Great Health Insurance

On occasion, in a conversation with new acquaintance, they’ll ask me what I do for a living. I tell them I established and run the most comprehensive directory of independent, private health and patient advocates and care managers online, supported by a marvelous professional organization whose members populate the directory. “Independent and private?” they ask me. “I don’t need an advocate like that because I have great health insurance!” “Oh but you’re wrong!” I reply.  …

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Will the Waiter Spit In Your Soup?

You’ve heard this fear before – that if you are too demanding of your waiter, or challenge him or her in any way, then he might spit in your soup as a form of revenge. Unfortunately, too many of us think the same of our doctors. As if, if we are difficult patients, then the doctor might metaphorically spit in our treatment soup; in other words, not provide for us what we need. Whether or …

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How to Juggle Long Distance Elder Parent Care

Mom has been diagnosed with cancer, and Dad’s memory isn’t very good… You know you’re expected to be there to take care of them, but…. You live hundreds of miles away. You have a demanding job and your family to take care of. You can’t be in two places at once. You want to help! But you’re frustrated with the demands on your location and your time. And… you feel just a little bit guilty. …

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Are Health or Patient Advocate Services Covered by Insurance?

This is a question I get asked frequently:  If I hire a patient or health advocate, will my insurance cover the cost? The answer might surprise you.  It’s yes – and it’s no – as follows, depending on who your advocate works for: There are patient advocates who work for hospitals and insurance companies – not you. Yes, they might be helpful (and if they can help you – that’s great!) but remember, they are …

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