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Your cardiologist, neurologist, nephrologist, psychiatrist, oncologist, dermatologist and everyone else have one thing in common: You.
When there’s a new diagnosis medicine moves fast. In this situation, it’s important to advocate for yourself and/or your loved one. You need to make sure your primary care physician knows who’s prescribing what and that everyone’s clear on your definition of Quality Of Life.
Like a pro.
We’ve collected some strategies to make you the best point person you can be without emptying the tank. Whether you are an analog type (old school), or a digital type (new school), we have 5 ways to help you be the captain of your own healthcare ship.
What is a healthcare point person, and why does it matter?
In previous years, people were more willing to allow their healthcare providers to direct them on all their healthcare decisions, but today, there are ways that people can become better partners in this process.
You may be going to see a doctor often – for yourself or your loved one – and, on top of that, you have to communicate with the primary care physician, along with so many other healthcare professionals. Whether you like it or not, this means you are also a key player in monitoring your situation, and playing your part by taking prescribed medication or giving it to your loved one.
But… what do I know?
Your loved one may have chronic conditions, and/or worry that if they speak up, the doctor may be offended. There may be times when you have to step up and step in as an advocate for yourself or your loved one, and this means that you need to keep them more informed on what is happening with current care.
In order to get the best care, you need to ask for it.
In order to ask for it, you need to be prepared and have all the info you need for each doctor at the ready.
How to Be an Effective Health Care Point Person in 5 Steps:
Being the most effective healthcare point person requires some up-front organization. It may take a bit of set up in the beginning, but you will be oh so glad you did when you are trying to keep track of who prescribed what, how much insurance covers, and what type of treatment you are comfortable with. Here are 5 strategies for preparing yourself to be the best point person possible.