Category: Patient Tools

Mar 14 2012

A Tutor Who Tooted the Flute…

In a conversation with a friend the other day, I was explaining the need for patient advocates (which she got immediately) – and the “tutor tongue-twister” came to mind.  Do you know it? A tutor who tooted the flute, Tried to tutor two tooters to toot, Said the two to the tutor, “It’s tougher to …

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Feb 26 2012

Who’s Really a Patient? Skewed Opinions Result from Inside Information

That seems like a fairly simple question, don’t you think?  Who really is a patient? But the answer is actually more complex than you might realize. Among the possibilities: 1.  anyone who has ever accessed medical care is a patient – which includes everyone, no matter what their relationship is to the healthcare system (so, …

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Feb 16 2012

Why Rob a Bank When You Can Make More Money by Counterfeiting Drugs?

Want to make millions of dollars quickly while risking only a few months in prison if (and that’s a big IF) you’re caught?  It’s not difficult at all. Just set yourself up as a distributor of counterfeit drugs in the United States. This week’s announcement by the FDA that a counterfeit version of Avastin, a …

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Feb 02 2012

10 Patient Empowerment Tips to Post on Your Refrigerator Door

The information center in many homes is the refrigerator door.  From family photos, to postcards to magnets from pizza shops, to phone numbers and kids’ artwork – the important ephemera of our lives can be found on refrigerator doors. So today I thought I would share some advice that is worth cutting out and sticking …

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Jan 19 2012

The 2012 Elections and the Issue of Healthcare Reform

This column first appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard January 17, 2012 During both the 2008 and 2010 elections, the issue of reforming the American healthcare system was the focus of overwhelming amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Remember the email about Senior Death Panels?  It explained that the healthcare reform bill would allow Medicare to …

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