When you fall ill, you are likely to be scared and confused. While your doctor can provide you with medical care, patients need much more than just prescriptions and pills. You need:
Emotional support and hand holding
Information to understand your disease and to explore different treatment options
Protection against medical errors and ensure care is being properly coordinated
Help with filling up forms and claiming reimbursement from the insurance company
Help in communicating efficiently with doctors, getting a second opinion and navigating a hospital’s labyrinthine maze
A patient advocate can do all this !
A patient advocate acts as your health guardian. This book, Patient Advocacy - Giving Voice to the Patient, explains what patient advocacy is, what patient advocates do and how they can help patients. Anyone who is ill or wants to help a person who is ill will find this book a useful resource. We all need a helping hand especially when we are sick !