Oct 8, 2018
The Key to Your Health is Your Involvement....and It's Never
- WHY Advocacy?
- WHO is central to health care advocacy? You.
- HOW to advocate for yourself.
a. Know Your Health History. Keep Records. Take
Notes. Surgeries/Diagnoses/Symptoms and Length of
Time/Medications, and What is Treated with Each One.
b. What Are Your Health Care Rights? Preventive
Care-Mammogram for Breast Cancer. Colonoscopy for Colon
Cancer. Heart Risk Assessment for Heart Attack. Access
Under the Current Health Care Law,
Obamacare/The Affordable Care Act.
c. Do you know your rights? VOICE
THEM. KNOW THEM.
d. Make a Choice-Provider, Type of Care.
Collaborate with Your Doc on the Best Course of Action.
Oftentimes there are multiple options for care. You are the
head of your health care journey. Be
heard and STAY INVOLVED!!!
5. Be PROACTIVE! Do You Have a Choice?
a. Who is Your Current Physician/Health Care
Provider? Do You Have a Choice? If So, Why Did You Pick
Your Doc/HCP? Family/Friend/HCP Referral? Does Your Doc
Acknowledge/Listen/Respond Proactively to
Your Comments and Concerns? If Not, Why are you still with
b. Interact with Docs/HCP who advocate for your
health. Are they open to questions, concerns, alternative
options to care? Do they clarify why particular therapies are
more effective for treatment and/or
6. WHY??? Always ask WHY?
a. Medications, Surgery, Alternative Treatment,
etc.... Why are we choosing this path? If You Don't
Understand, Please Ask for Clarification! We Don't Know What
You Don't Know. If Your Provider Won't or CANNOT articulate
the 'Whys', you need to consider obtaining a second opinion.
An Excellent Doc/HCP will be more than willing to discuss your
health care and treatment plan. Please REMEMBER that you are your
7. Know Your Resources:
a. Local Womens Groups
b. Local/State/National Politicians Who Advocate for Your
c. Local/National Support Groups/Organizations that Advocate
for Any Specific Illnesses that Impact Your and/or Your