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The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time Paperback – August 10, 2010
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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:
Lissa Rankin, MD
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.
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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FANTACTIC Book! Needs to be in all medical facility and hospitals!!!Published 3 months ago by Allene Higgins
I use this book frequently with our local Diabetes support & education group. Much great information, especially why we should be "bad" patients. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert
For anyone who sees a Dr.(s) this is required reading. A wonderfully written, easy to understand
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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 on January 24, 2014 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