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 Advocacy Resources - Help is Available 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Patient Advocacy in Hospitals by . View all columns in series

Patient Advocate Foundation

  • National non-profit organization
  • Serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys

    (800) 532-5274

    People's Medical Society®
    Goals include to -

  • Place previously unavailable information into the hands of ordinary people so that they can make informed decisions about their own health care
  • Publish information designed to make every American a smart health care consumer
  • Investigate and expose incidents of arrogance, incompetence and greed in organized medicine
  • Protect the freedom to choose alternative providers of health care services
  • Make the prevention of disease the top priority of American medicine
  • Work toward creating an American health care system that is affordable, compassionate and centered around the needs of people

    (610) 770-1670

    United Health Foundation
    Established in 1999 as a nonprofit, private foundation with a mission to support the health and medical decisions made by physicians, health professionals, community leaders and individuals that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities.

  • Provides annual report entitled, "America's Health: State Health Rankings"

    Your Personal Medical Assistant (PMA)
    A system designed so that you can easily organize and access your health-related documents and information. Your PMA contains everything you need in one easy-to-find and easy-to-remember location. Why do you need this? Your PMA organizes your health information and makes your critical information portable for easy reference during appointments.

    Your PMA -

  • Bright, easy to read, useful forms to track your health issues
  • Provides you with multiple copies of each of 8 forms
  • Contains all you need to get started
  • A complete package costs $19.95
  • Order online or contact Strong Consulting

    (888) 332-6297

    Web MD Health (a website by "trusted research organizations, manufacturers, and other leaders dedicated to treating and managing your health")

    Provides helpful information on -

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Check symptoms
  • Medical library
  • Drugs and herbs
  • Health tools
  • Clinical trials
  • Medicare Rx benefits
  • Health plan

    As Werner von Braun once said, "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." And, most of us start here!

    JARI HOLLAND BUCK is a business consultant, medical layperson, Reiki Master and Shamanic Practitioner who spent 7-1/2 months in four hospitals with her critically ill husband. During 5+ months on life support, every organ in his body failed, yet he survived. Learn more about how to be an advocate in her book, Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming A Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones, winner of the 2006 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award and finalist in the Fresh Voices of 2006 Health category.

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    Jari Holland Buck is a business consultant, medical layperson, Reiki Master and Shamanic Practitioner who spent 6-1/2 months in four hospitals with her critically ill husband. During 5+ months on life support, every......moreJari Buck
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