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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 SpringenSee all Editorial Reviews
I use this book frequently with our local Diabetes support & education group. Much great information, especially why we should be "bad" patients. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert
For anyone who sees a Dr.(s) this is required reading. A wonderfully written, easy to understand
"manual" on how to understand, & deal with the world of medicine as... Read more
Not just the same old stuff! I've read several books of this nature, but this one has a wide variety of information not included in any of the others, like how to look for the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Veronica
Unfortunately, I have a lot of experience with the medical industry. I was in hopes this book would give me additional skills and advice to assist me in future situations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nom De Plume
Excellent resource. Everyone should read this book. At times we all need to be "bad patients," not Mr. Nice Guy or Gal unwilling to rock the boat or be a "nuisance. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by P. J. Ryan
This book needs to be handed out on doorsteps like the yellow pages! It was truly informative, though I considered myself somewhat of an educated person. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Laura
very interesting and informative book with advice and easy explanations of common consumer issues and problems (in the health/medical care area); offers suggestions, important... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by happy reader carol
this is a great book for all to have, a must have to learn how to take charge of your medical carePublished on April 20, 2013 by Tony Rhoades