Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"GOTCHA! " Healthcare?!?


3 Tamuz 5771

OY. The Obama administration announced its plan to send "mystery shoppers" to visit medical practices so they can figure out how accessible primary care is. It sounds as inefficient, irrelevant and irreverant as "Gotcha journalism" which preys on decent people minding their own business and not harming yours.
Then it frames them as being incompetent creeps.

I'm convnced that the best way to obtain better health care is by pleasantly introducing yourself to the medical staff and making an appointment to discuss actual needs. Surreptitious behavior raises more questions about the liars posing as patients than answers about medical compentence. I pity Americans with medical needs who depend on their president for solutions.

In other news, I spent part of my time volunteering at a hospital, doing what I can to help people of all ages to smile despite pain and fear as they face blood transfusions, chemotherapy, radiation and sheer misery. Today I had an interesting morning, playing Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Blokus in Arabic (I won 2 out of 3 rounds per game), plus handing out magazines and videos for different ages and speakers of different languages.

A Russian-speaking child was so weak from his chemotherapy that I painted pictures for him. All of us laughed to see patients from India whupping each other at Bananagrams in English. Such fun. What a day on the emotional spectrum.

Tell me, what do you do to cope with the pain and suffering of medical problems? I keep meeting people who quote specific passages in my book, to let me know what they do to cope with medical life.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

I did the research for you. Find answers you need for cost containment and better moods, in quick and convenient
EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It'll teach you tips on being respectful to caregivers, too. Legislators ought to read it.

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

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