Patient Advocacy


If that headline does not grab your attention I don’t know what else will. Healthcare professionals rely on information provided by the drug manufacturer when prescribing medications. This header is what you will see today but not back in 1999. The relationship between a drug manufacturer, approvals provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Teething Problems for the Affordable Care Act

The already troubled relationship between Republicans and Democrats has been further strained by the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) insurance enrollment websites. The teething problems presented by the unwanted baby in the union have fuelled arguments by the Republicans that the Affordable Care Act is a mistake.

The quagmire of The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA) does not impede the need to deal with health, wellness and death for those on the front line of patient care

As congress, advocacy groups and policy initiators continue to unravel the implementation of and/or tweaking of healthcare policy it needs to be kept in mind that living breathing people have decisions to make NOW on their health. They can’t wait for these groups to get their act together. This reality really struck home one evening

To Obamacare or not to Obamacare, is that the question?

America prides itself as a beacon of democracy the world over. But the US government’s democratic processes have come under immense strain recently, resulting in America being thrown into disarray following a shutdown of non-essential government services at midnight on September 30, 2013. One could equate Congress with a rocky marriage at present; with the

Perceptions Often Become Realities

Mindful communications are always important between patients and healthcare providers. I remember once telling a family member “you have a lesion”. The look of horror upon their face as if I handed off a death sentence. I had to explain “listen it is just a structural change in the body – the skin.” I added

Hospital Accuses Parents of Stealing Their Baby

When we admit our children into a hospital do we relinquish our custodial rights as parents? As a mother of three, the first thing on my mind when arriving to the hospital in labor was the anticipation of the safe delivery of my child.  Even for me, a woman well versed in the quagmire of

A Healthy Way for Businesses to Cut Costs

Businesses are starting to catch on — preventive health care saves money! Lower Healthcare Costs with Preventive Care The New York Times Sept. 2, 2012 article “Health Care Where You Work” discusses a survey conducted last year by Towers Watson and the National Business Group which found that 23 percent of midsize and large employers

Healthcare Can Be Fixed

One of the most frequent complaints I get about health care today is that it’s too impersonal. Patients don’t feel like people; they feel like numbers or objects. Their physician may rush through the exam as if the patient doesn’t matter, or fail to explain things fully to the patient. Doctor appointments no longer feel

Bad Medicine Isn't What I Need

CBS news has discovered that some doctors are using medicine even Bon Jovi wouldn’t approve of — at least 79 U.S. medical practices have been identified by the federal government as purchasing cancer drugs from foreign or unlicensed suppliers. Foreign Drugs are Illegal These drugs are illegal for doctors to purchase, as they are not