Monthly Archive: July 2007

Jul 31 2007

The Hell of the Angry Patient

Greetings from Knoxville, TN. I’ve returned to a former “home” — lived in Farragut, a suburb, for many years, but left in the early 1990s. I’d forgotten how beautiful it is, and how lovely the people are. Feel like I’m home again…. But I digress. I wanted to share a theme that has run through …

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Jul 30 2007

Second Opinions That Don’t Count – or Do

I heard from a friend (I’ll call her Nancy) this morning about symptoms she’s been battling for a few months and was unwilling to share with anyone before now. It seems she has been back and forth with several doctors, has two sets of symptoms that could — or might not — be related. And …

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Jul 30 2007

Second Opinions That Don’t Count – or Do

I heard from a friend (I’ll call her Nancy) this morning about symptoms she’s been battling for a few months and was unwilling to share with anyone before now. It seems she has been back and forth with several doctors, has two sets of symptoms that could — or might not — be related. And …

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Jul 27 2007

Patient as Customer?

Part of my work is what I call health or medical “consumerism” — recognizing, talking about, and creating guidelines for patients as they regard cost of their healthcare. From nuances in purchasing health insurance, to understanding how those dollars get allocated, to ideas for saving money and even appealing health insurance payment rejections — that’s …

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Jul 26 2007

New Blog Section: Looking for….

My other advocate colleagues and I often get networking-type requests: Sometimes journalists, authors, reporters, or other media reps are looking for patients who fit a certain profile and might be willing to be interviewed. Sometimes patients want to connect with others who may be sharing experiences with similar symptoms or diagnoses. I’ve started a page …

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