You Bet Your Life!: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes

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Itasca Books, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 318 pages
Does your doctor rush through appointments, leaving you with questions? Have you been told your undiagnosed symptoms are all in your head? Have you suffered from a medical error, like millions do each year? Do you wonder why people get sicker from the drugs they take, or why we see ads on TV for drugs we patients can't purchase without a prescription? Do you wish you could simply get the medical care you need, when you need it, effectively and efficiently? You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve) helps you understand the answers to these challenges and more. Trisha Torrey knows the dysfunction well. She was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal cancer and told she had only a few months to live. She made plenty of mistakes herself at first. But five years later, she has "recovered" quite nicely, parlaying her odyssey into advice for others. Today she writes and speaks internationally on patient empowerment topics. Now she has put her advice into this book to help you, too. Part exposÚ and part toolkit, You Bet Your Life! explains why the system is so dysfunctional and how that hurts patients. You'll read true stories shared by people like you who have suffered from substandard care. Then you'll find tactics you can use to get the help you or a loved one needs. Great medical care is available for those who know how to pursue it effectively. You Bet Your Life! will empower you with the tools and confidence you need to find your best outcomes. Book jacket.

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About the author (2010)

When Trisha Torrey was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive lymphoma in 2004, she was a mild-mannered marketing consultant who knew almost nothing about healthcare. She was also na´ve to the dysfunction of the American healthcare system that was tasked with treating her.Initially Trisha made every mistake a patient could make. But she got smart, fast. She learned that the possibility of excellent care was too easily and frequently eclipsed by miscommunication and mistakes. She also learned that if she didn't stick up for herself, and insist on the help she needed, she would not get it.Once Trisha put that cancer odyssey behind her, she decided it was up to her to sound the warning bells about the dysfunction, and apply her skills to teaching others how to navigate the dangerous landscape of American healthcare. She sold her marketing company in 2006 to devote herself full time to the cause.Today Trisha calls herself “Every Patient's Advocate.” She writes a newspaper column, hosts a weekly health-related talk radio show, guides the About.com website for Patient Empowerment, speaks to groups of patients and professionals, and teaches workshops. She has been quoted by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, NPR, Angie's List Magazine, Bottom Line Publications, and others.Trisha lives in Central New York State with her husband, Butch, and her mini-mutt, Crosby. When she's not doing her patient advocacy thing, she enjoys playing golf, gardening, and working in stained glass.

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