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The Business of Health Advocacy
From: The Arizona Daily Star | July 30, 2012
In her 44 years of nursing, Karen Mercereau has seen more than one patient die a premature death. She cites medical errors, missed diagnoses, and inaccurate medical charts as the cause. What those patients needed was a knowledgeable voice, she says." It doesn't matter if the record is electronic or paper - no one has time to read beyond the major points," says Mercereau. "Ask any nurse. We all know the system is broken. Doctors rarely have the opportunity to talk to one another."
Patient Advocates: The Coach in Your Corner for Taking on the Health Care System
From: Nerd Wallet | January 21, 2016
he doctor is recommending tests that do not seem necessary, the hospital charged you $20 for that Tylenol you took during your stay—and what can you do about it? Whether in the hospital or opening your bill afterward, it’s easy to feel helpless against the enormous health care industry. Luckily, there are passionate professionals whose job it is to help patients navigate the health care jungle.
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