Healthcare Whisperer welcomes Trisha Torrey to the show to discuss why having a patient advocate on your team is an essential ingredient when navigating the healthcare system. Trisha Torrey is Every Patient’s Advocate, a name she gave herself after a heinous misdiagnosis in 2004 which prompted her career change to patient empowerment and advocacy. Today she is About.com’s patient empowerment guide. She speaks across the country to both patients and providers, and she has written three books. Her first, written for patients, is called You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve). She has also written two business books for independent patient advocates. In 2009, she founded AdvoConnection.com, an organization that helps patients and caregivers find a private, professional patient advocate to help them navigate the healthcare system. It is supported by the professional organization Trisha started, The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, which provides business support to help private health advocates start and grow their practices. Trisha has appeared on, or been quoted by CNN, NPR,MSNBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Redbook, Health Magazine, Fox News, and other media. She can be found at http://www.advoconnection.com http://www.APHAAdvocates.org http://www.everypatientsadvocate.com Be sure to listen in to get valuable information on patient advocacy and why you may need one!