It wasn’t too long ago when author (now marathon runner) Lisa Hall couldn’t even walk down the street or drive a car on her own. After many years of an unknown illness which stripped away Lisa’s life and livelihood, the 38th physician she met correctly diagnosed her condition. Instead of giving up, Lisa kept persevering until she regained her health and her life. If anyone can write a book on effectively dealing with the intricacies found in the medical arena, it’s Lisa…so she did. Check out her television interview here and then read her book! You’ll be glad you did (I know I was)!
Taking Charge of Your Own Health will empower and equip you to be your own best patient advocate. This comprehensive resource was written by patient advocate Lisa Hall with the help of veteran internist
and Institute for Healthcare Improvement fellow Ronald Wyatt, MD, along with seventy interviewees, including physicians, nurses, patients, hospital administrators, insurance providers, wellness experts, a geneticist and The Joint Commission. Vital information for this book was also gathered through a nationwide, online physician survey.
Taking Charge of Your Own Health will help you:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle, with low-cost, healthy food and inexpensive exercise programs.
Keep up with your regular screenings. Early detection is the next best thing to prevention.
Make the most of physician office visits by carefully organizing your medical information.
Present your information in a way that will get your doctor’s attention.
Manage medications carefully. All medications have the potential to be dangerous.
Coordinate care between multiple physicians to avoid costly duplication of services.
Negotiate successfully with your insurance provider.
Know your options for emergency medical care before you have a medical emergency.
Discover options for free and reduced medical, dental, optical and prescription care.
Navigate disability and Worker’s Compensation systems.
Develop strategies for coping and pain management.