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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345513746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345513748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Every year in America nearly 200,000 people die due to preventable mistakes or infections acquired in hospitals. CNN senior medical correspondent Cohen uses these sobering stats and a horror story of her own (her sick newborn received unnecessary spinal taps) to launch this tract on patient empowerment. Cohen counters numerous examples of medical errors, rude and rushed doctors, and hostile insurance companies with practical tips to guarantee quality medical care. Potential patients learn ways of finding the right physician, tips for courageously disagreeing with or even firing the "wrong doctor," strategies for maximizing doctor appointment time, and more. Misdiagnoses occur often, the author notes, citing examples of "diagnostic heroes" like the teenage girl, mysteriously ill for eight years, who diagnosed her own disease in a high school science class. Cohen offers practical advice for avoiding such problems, surviving hospitalization (more difficult than you might think), and coping with insurance companies. An appendix of medical websites, sample interactions with medical professionals, and guidelines for climbing out of medical debt completes this valuable book.
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In this easy-to-read primer, CNN medical correspondent Cohen explains how to fire your doctor, avoid a misdiagnosis, be an Internet sleuth, battle your insurance company, get cheap-but-good drugs, and escape the hospital alive. She organizes these categories in chapters with common problems and practical solutions. To illustrate her points and to keep the advice from being too dry, she breaks out mini profiles of real people. Fans of celebrity news will be happy: Cohen also drops names. She refers to her interviews with Dennis Quaid and Evan Handler (who plays Charlotte’s adorable, bald husband on Sex and the City). Its easy to get through this chatty book, in which Cohen reveals that she is a self-described germaphobe; her daughters spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit; and her mother suffers from end-stage kidney failure because of an internist who failed to catch her adrenal problems earlier. A clearly written winner. --Karen Springen

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This book gives valuable insights as well as providing further resources.
Placid Lane Farmer
Until things get better (and if I do my job well, maybe they will), this book will help you known how to advocate for yourself and those you love the way I did.
Tuareg Trader
Doctors are under a great deal of pressure to treat as many patients as possible in order to survive in the medical profession.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tuareg Trader on August 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
As an MD, I read Elizabeth Cohen's book with tears in my eyes. It just tapped into my own sadness that a book like this even needs to be written. Doctors are supposed to be there to help people. We're meant to be a person's advocate. I went to medical school because I'm committed to helping my patients heal. And yet, the system is sorely broken and no band-aid is going to fix these boo boos any time soon. The truth is, this book is vitally necessary. You DO need to understand the system and know how to work it. You can't just sit back and say, "I trust you, Doc." Until things get better (and if I do my job well, maybe they will), this book will help you known how to advocate for yourself and those you love the way I did.

If you want to learn how to take your health care into your own hands, I highly recommend this book! This book teaches you exactly what you need to know in order to get the most value out of your health care dollar, haggle with your insurance company, find Dr. Right and fire Dr. Wrong, pay less for drugs, avoid a misdiagnosis, make the most out of learning from the internet, get your medical questions answered, stay safe in the hospital, avoid falling prey to medical marketing, and learn to be a "bad" patient.

Buy it. You'll love it. You'll read it more than once. You'll tell everyone you know about it. And if you pay attention, I promise you'll get better health care.

For more about Elizabeth Cohen's book, visit my website for a complete review:

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Lissa Rankin, MD
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Torrey on August 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Cohen and I first compared notes about patient empowerment in 2007, before many people were talking about the necessity for patients to understand the healthcare system and how to advocate for themselves. We had an immediate connection - both of us had suffered at the hands of the healthcare system, and both of us are driven to make sure we prevent others from suffering needlessly, too.

These years later, Elizabeth has penned an outstanding primer for kickstarting that process in patients. Just as the title promises, readers will come away with the foundation of understanding why they need to step up, and the basic tools they need to advocate for themselves - to become empowered.

The Empowered Patient is so very readable. It's full of stories - I dare you not to choke up! But it's humorous where appropriate, too. Reading Elizabeth's writing is like carrying on a conversation with a good friend.

Most impressive is the wealth of resources she's tapped into to provide her stories and advice. From patients, to medical professionals, to other authors, to her colleague Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) or even Deepak Chopra, she's interviewed them all and provided us with an insider's view of the medical world we might not otherwise ever understand.

Do yourself a favor and purchase this book. You'll better understand your own role in getting your own best healthcare, and you'll have access to the tools you need to get started.

Trisha Torrey
Every Patient's Advocate
Author of You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes- How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Iyer on February 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Cohen turned her investigative eye to the healthcare industry. A CNN Senior medical Correspondent, Elizabeth offers practical advice on how to:

Find a doctor who understands and listens to you, Ask the right questions for the best treatment, Make the most out of a short office visit, Avoid getting a misdiagnosis, Cut out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, Harness the power of the Internet for learning about medical issues, Fight back when insurance claims are denied, Keep safe in a hospital

The author combines stories and crucial advice on receiving the best possible health care. She has a personable, informative and conversational writing style. As a legal nurse consultant, I have seen far too many patients who were unaware of the practical advice Elizabeth dispenses. This is a book that will leave you feeling informed and armed with helpful guidelines.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By e-Patient on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've always been an empowered patient, so I didn't need to be sold on the concept. I'm a cancer-beating patient blogger, I'm co-chair of a medical society about doctor-patient partnerships, and I wrote my own book. So my question was, what does this book bring that's new?

What it brings is convincing stories, clear explanations, and concrete how-to's. It's short, comprehensive, and convincing. I don't see how you can NOT read it if you're responsible for someone's care, including your own. It awakens you to possibilities and risks, leaving you aware and enabled.

(Disclosure: Cohen wrote a quote for the jacket of my book, which is selling a million times slower than hers. But her view is different from mine. I've worked for weeks figuring out how to express the differences here.)

I'll start with the author's challenge, then how she handles it, then my objections.

The first big challenge for an author in this space is that *people tend not to care* about quality until trouble hits. And when it does, there's an instinct to not rock the boat: people want to stay put, to believe they're getting the best care possible. It's not rational, but I've seen it repeatedly: people are loathe to step out of the boat they're in, especially in troubled waters.

It's hard to hear that care might fall short, but it can. And there are many causes: human fraillties, lagging technology, information overload, even business ethics.

And here's the author's dilemma: the better you prove this with story after story, the more readers might feel powerless and turn away.

So how do you reach people?

This is where Cohen's mass media skills come in.
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