Tax Time! Can You Deduct the Cost of Your Patient Advocate?

Posted by:

I’ve spent most of the weekend working on my income tax filing. Yeah. You know. The fun never ends.

Then the lightbulb moment arrived when I realized that you, the reader of this blog, might be interested to know whether there is a tax benefit to hiring an advocate.

So we’ll begin with my disclaimer:  I am not an IRS (or CRA) agent or specialist. I am not a tax accountant or even a regular accountant or even a tax preparer. I ...

Continue Reading →
0

Does Your Doctor Seem Tired?

Posted by:

So we changed our clocks last night; lost an hour of sleep or an hour of our day. It’s Sunday, so at least most of us don’t have to go to work today, giving us a day to adjust. All day long we’ll look at the clock and think it seems weird. For many of us, the toughest part will be when the alarm goes off tomorrow morning, when we have to get up for work and feel like we…just…didn’t…get…enough…sleep…

For ...

Continue Reading →
0

Making Smart Medical Decisions After Devastating News

Posted by:

Jane M., a smart, savvy, well-liked, and well-respected business woman who supervises 100+ people at work, and who juggles her family’s needs as well as her own, day in, and day out – has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She is devastated. Overwhelmed. Frightened. Frustrated. Life has just taken a left turn and for the first time in her life, she can’t seem to cope. Will she die?  She can’t focus at work. Will her insurance cover what she needs ...

Continue Reading →
0

What’s the Difference Between Hospital Patient Advocates and Independent Advocates?

Posted by:

Francine reports: 

After my husband Leonard had surgery last week, he stayed in the hospital four more days. I stayed by his side as much as I could and waited every day for the surgeon to check on him. I had a million questions! But I never saw the surgeon again once the surgery was over.

I waited patiently for the first day after the surgery. No surgeon. I called the surgeon’s office and they would not ...

Continue Reading →
0

Medicare Patients Beware: Hospitals Take Advantage to Take Your Money

Posted by:

It’s been a bitter pill to swallow for the generation that grew up always trusting that the healthcare system was set up to help them get exactly what they needed, for little or no cost. 

That bitter pill comes in the form of the realization that the purpose of the healthcare system is to maximize its profits. (Picture me smacking the palm of my hand against my forehead!) If they also happen to help a patient while making all that money, ...

Continue Reading →
2

The New AdvoConnection Blog

Posted by:

Some of you know me by reputation – 12+ years of patient empowerment work including speaking, blogging, radio, newspaper, and books… my passion for supporting patients in their quest to get the best they can from a dysfunctional healthcare system, based on my own run-in with the healthcare system.

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear a sad or horrid story about someone’s terrible journey through the system. Loved ones who have died at the hands of ...

Continue Reading →
0
Page 3 of 3 123