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Get The BEST Medical Care-YOU Can Navigate The Medical Maze: A Patient Guide by [Maldonado-Schullo, Donna]
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Are you an informed consumer when it comes to your medical care? Consider this “If you live in Fort Myers FL., you’re two or three times more likely to get your knee replaced than if you live in Miami…” the reason has nothing to do with knees.

The healthcare consumer in the USA has a “43% chance of undergoing an unnecessary test” How do you prevent that?

How does this happen that “more people now die from the misuse of prescription drugs purchased legally in pharmacies than from illicit drugs bought on the street.” All of this can be reduced by one person; you.

You need to know how to get the best out of one of the costliest and most fragmented medical systems in the developed world. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to be a more informed and smarter consumer. Everything you need, facts, statistics, the questions to ask your doctors, the resources on the Internet, and the law to back you up.

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  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453886486
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0xa4564804) out of 5 stars Help Navigating the Medical System May 2 2011
By Julia Widdop - Published on
Format: Paperback
When you are in pain and not feeling well you aren't being your most resourceful self. Get the Best Medical Care - You Can Navigate the Medical Maze by Donna Maldonado-Schullo is a very good guide which outlines a logical and practical way to approach your health care providers. I highly recommend that a patient keep the book handy so they can remember where to go and what to do.
One of the points made by the author early on in the book was how the American Health Care system seems designed for frustration and expense. Americans are pretty isolated from the rest of the world so they do not realize that there are medical systems that work much better and cost much less. She points out that many European nations have universal health care and their taxes are no higher than ours, in fact the systems work to eliminate many of the costly problems with the American system. That said she goes on to explain how to work our system to your best advantage.
For example the author recommends that sick people have a patient advocate; preferably an adult who is educated, tactful, feisty, and unemployed. It's hard for a patient to be his or her own advocate because it's hard to be tactful and feisty when you're sick. It may also be difficult to spend the time required to educate yourself if you are sick, or have a full-time job. She points out that patient safety is related to how well that advocate understands the health care system and procedures.
The book lists out patient responsibilities and rights and lets you know where to go to find out more, or place complaints. This is the best thing about this book. It is loaded with references, email addresses and names of agencies you might need. The author includes long lists of questions to ask doctors about themselves and about procedures. It would be worth buying this book for the lists of questions.
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HASH(0xa45df714) out of 5 stars Health Care March 25 2011
By Linda DiSabatino - Published on
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This is an excellent guide in navigating the health system of the US. The book includes all that you need to know from patient responsibilities to medications, to choice of hospital, to advanced directives and is written in a way that is both basic and understandable and up to date. It is certainly worth having in your library.
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HASH(0xa4575930) out of 5 stars an excellent resource! Oct. 6 2012
By Gamma - Published on
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I am sitting here in a hospital bed writing this review of your wonderful book. I was very impressed by the excellent suggestions found in this book. I read it in between 2 hospital stays. I am doing things a little differently this time. The biggest suggestion I can make to anyone is to carry a list of any and all medications, vitamins, suppliments...that you are taking and what they are for, and a list of allergies, medications, environmentals and foods. You will be doing yourself and your doctors a huge favor. I keep mine on the hard drive on my computer, and update the list anytime any changes are made of any sort. All the best to all of you, Be well, stay safe. Keep some paper with you and write down any questions that arise. I make a list for each doctor appointment, and for each specialist. That has been the best tip I ever picked up. Love my lists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47d9108) out of 5 stars Excellent medical guide Jan. 5 2016
By MARIA I COOPER - Published on
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This book is an excellent medical guide for patients and families.
Very specific about the steps to follow to get the right medical care. Easy to understand, well documented, and organized by topic. Loaded with the top medical web sites recommend by the American Medical Library Association.
As part of the medical team at Stanford Hospital, I am confident that this book is an asset for our community!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4564d38) out of 5 stars Get The Best Medical Care-You Can Navigate The Medical Maze: A Patient Guide Oct. 6 2012
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This is a very good patient care information book. It is written so that it is easy to understand patient rights and treatment standards for the average person. It is well organized by topic and easy to find the subject information desired. I down loaded it to my Kindle Fire and found it easy to navigate.