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Most hospitals have one or more patient advocates on staff. They are people you and your family can turn to for help in dealing with various problems you may have during your hospital stay.
Advocates may have other titles, such as ombudsmen or patient services consultants.
An advocate may:
Not all hospitals have patient advocates. But you may be able to find help elsewhere:
The Patient Advocate Foundation (www.patientadvocate.org) offers free advice and assistance to people who need help with medical bills and insurance company appeals.
Having a relative or friend as your helper is always a good idea. Depending on your condition, this helper can:
Ideally, this helper will also be the person you have named as your health care agent.
The Patient Advocate Foundation provides resources, information, and other services regarding access to health care and health insurance. This foundation helps patients resolve financial issues relating to health care costs.
December 18, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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