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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 by [Elizabeth S. Cohen]

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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 Kindle Edition

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“A book no household should be without.”—Sanjay Gupta, MD

The Empowered Patient is a must-read for everyone. Elizabeth Cohen reveals insider knowledge about the uncertainty of medicine—things every doctor knows—and then helps you steer a clear path to health!”—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom 

“Elizabeth Cohen offers guidance to get the most from your doctor, your insurance company, and even your medicine. This book will hold your hand, make you smart, and may even save your life.”—Nancy Snyderman, MD, chief medical editor, NBC News




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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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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003F3PN60
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; 1st edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 10, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3213 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67 ratings

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