NY Times Article On After Surgery Bill: My Comments

Elizabeth Rosenthal wrote a thorough and revealing article in the NY Times called “After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From A Doctor He Didn’t Know”. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/us/drive-by-doctoring-surprise-medical-bills.html?_r=0 This is a must read to understand what many patients experience.  I have dealt with this much too frequently with clients.  Hospitals and doctors overcharge and it isn’t known…

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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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My Heart Breaks: Too Many With Cancer

I turned on my computer and there was an email from an a past client.  As I read the email, my heart began to break.  She had breast cancer that had metastasized to the bone.  She was wondering if I could help her.  She didn’t have very good insurance as I remembered.  She had been…

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Patient Safety: Speaking Up

Here’s a scenario everyone dreads when a loved one is in the hospital.  A family member, let’s call Joe, is admitted to the hospital for a routine/elective surgery like a knee replacement.  The surgeon has explained possible problems that can occur during surgery and the consent form is signed.  Joe has been asked his name…

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Be An Empowered Patient: Ask Questions

I just returned from  accompanying a client to her initial radiation oncology appointment.  My client has breast cancer and has gone through chemotherapy and surgery.  Next step radiation. I have watched her navigate this journey with class, dignity, integrity and LOTS OF QUESTIONS.  She has never agreed to proceed with an any aspect of treatment…

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Hope And Courage Through 14 Surgeries

Spencer is 26, has ulcerative colitis, and recently had his fourteenth surgery in three years.  Some of the surgeries have been up to ten hours while others  were short diagnostic and exploratory procedures.  The last one was supposed to be the final surgery.  Each procedure and surgery offered hope to be  the last.  Infections and…

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Continued Conversations With Danielle:At The Hospital

Yesterday Danielle’s partner , Spencer had another surgery.  It was a surgery that needed to be pushed up because complications had started.  It had taken much work to get the date moved but as usual Danielle was persistent and tenacious. Surgery was scheduled for 2:50PM but they had to arrive at the hospital at 8:30…

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Caregiver To Doctor: Come Live My Life For A Day

There has been a theme in many conversations I am having with caregivers these days.  There is great frustration that medical professionals don’t understand the impact of any new care or medication on the patient and life in the home.  Changes in  routine are complicated whether the outcome will be positive or negative.  The amount…

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