Healthcare in the U.S. is broken and only getting worse. Here are just a few examples of why:
- Of the $3 trillion spent on healthcare annually, $1 trillion is wasted;
- Many doctors are providing too much unnecessary treatment;
- Providers are paid for quantity of care vs. quality of care;
- Healthcare costs are through the roof for everyone; and
- Many patients are not aware of their rights and responsibilities within their healthcare.
Many people settle for the care they get from their healthcare providers when they should not. If you ordered a cheeseburger and got a hamburger, wouldn’t you take it back? Do you use that same tactic in your healthcare? Maybe not. You’re not alone, most don’t.
Have you ever had an experience at a doctor or hospital that was uncomfortable or frustrating? Had errors on your bills? Left a doctor’s appointment feeling puzzled? Many experience this every day. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to deal with poor treatment.
Advocacy is a patient-centered method that can address many of the ills of America’s healthcare delivery, spending waste and inefficiencies.
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