When Doctors Sue Patients? Malpatient?

What a crazy world we live in!  The Boston Globe, Sunday March 31,2013 had a front page article by Liz Kowalczyk, called  “Doctors Firing Back at Patients’ Online Critiques.”  It is the story of a patient’s spouse who blogged about a doctor and stated the person was not compassionate. Since the Boston Globe doesn’t let…

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The POWER in emPOWERed Patient

It is often hard to feel as if you have any power or say when visiting the doctor or lying in a bed in the hospital.  Most people are not medical and don’t understand much of the jargon being bantered around.  We struggle to make sense of what has happened to our body.  We don’t…

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How To Become An Empowered Patient: 7 Strategies to Maintain Your Sense of Self

This blog post is written by Michele Rosenthal.  She will be a guest on my radio show on February 28, 2013 at 6PM EST on www.blogtalkradio.com In 1997 my world fell apart. True, it had been sixteen years in the making, but when the rug was pulled from beneath me I was twenty-nine years old…

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Who Me? An Empowered Patient?

What makes an empowered patient?  two things; A desire to have more information in order to make the right decision and the desire to be involved with all decision making.  Now doesn’t that sound simple? In my work, I have the privilege to meet many people who are empowered patients and caregivers and don’t realize…

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The Tao of Empowered Caregiving

Last week on my radio show, I had Helena Doyle on.  She along with her sister are the caregivers for her parents.  Both her parents have complex medical problems and live at home.  I loved speaking with her because she learned how to navigate the healthcare system through trial and error. During our conversation, two…

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Who Controls Your Healthcare,The Insurer, the Doctor Or You?

I wonder who has the most control in my health care decisions.  Is it me or the doctor or my health insurer?  I have to consider who gets to say NO the most. Here is how I see the flow.   I go to the doctor for a variety of reasons from annuals to sick visits. …

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What Is An E-Patient?

This post is written by Erica Moss, who is the community manager for the Masters in Nursing online program at Georgetown University, offering one of the nation’s leading nurse practitioner programs. Outside of work, she’s a dog lover who enjoys photography and meeting new people. The Internet is changing almost every aspect of our lives.…

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Hoping the Blunt Act Goes Away

I just called my Senators, Scott Brown and John Kerry, to vote against the Blount Act.  This law would allow employers and religious organizations to deny coverage, especially for contraceptives on moral grounds(this entry is ONLY about birth control bills) .  Senator Brown has already said he would vote for it but I called anyway.…

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