(This description is for the new edition published in 2013 which includes updates and revisions for the Affordable Care Act –Obamacare.)
Does your doctor rush through appointments, leaving you with questions? Do you have trouble finding doctors who will coordinate your care? 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 provides the answers to these challenges and more.
Trisha Torrey knows the dysfunction well. Diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal form of cancer and told she had only a few months to live, she made plenty of mistakes herself at first. But once she figured out how to maneuver through the healthcare system, she instead “recovered” quite nicely. Today she writes and speaks internationally on patient empowerment and advocacy topics, teaching the lessons and skills she learned to patients who need them.
Part exposé 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 medical outcomes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Trisha Torrey writes with great clarity and humor. She is speaking to patients in their language and introducing to a country of poor health care consumers the skills needed to prevent the errors so often made and then experieced by those who 'leave it all to you doc'. The errors she reviews from a point of view of a physician (me) are committed so often and so often are unconsciously dished out. While reading her book I sometimes sit back and recognize some of my own attitudes. From understanding a patients options and the importance of learning the right decision for you, her chapters reveal resources to use to gain knowledge about what's available in contemporary care. So many doctors really think they are acting on the patient's behalf. They are earnest and honest when doing so. But we do what we are trained to do , like to do, and are paid to do. So is it a wonder that we suggest you do what we ask you to do? Torrey make it clear how and when and why to express...
There is a lot of good information in this book - I commend the author for writing this much needed book. In the right hands, the suggestions given will provide a wise - i.e. diplomatic - patient the tools needed to get better healthcare. In the wrong hands - i.e. in the hands of an amateur "healthcare crusader" - however, it could lead to worse healthcare as doctor's are human too.
A Doctor-Patient relationship needs to be a cooperative partnership, not an adversarial proceeding which could easily happen if a previously frustrated patient gets carried away with their "newfound powers". And, if that patient decided to change doctors and ask for their medical records to be sent to a new doctor, more than medical records could be conveyed to the new doctor's office.
I am certified as a patient advocate. I became certified in order to be able to know my rights as a patient --for myself and my loved ones.. I have been misdiagnosed, over treated, over medicated, ignored, etc. and I love that this author has put all this information out there to help patients realize how flawed the health care system is, and what you can do to to survive despite flaws in the system. I also worked in this system for over 25 yrs. and can agree with Trisha's assessment. Thank you Trisha! You may be saving some lives!!
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