Surviving American Medicine

Surviving American Medicine

by Cary Presant MD


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Surviving American Medicine by Cary Presant MD

We live in a time when the business of health care has superseded the care of health. Health-care reform isn't just political rhetoric”it's a reality. Virtually every American understands that we are experiencing dramatic changes in the delivery of health care and the insurance programs that pay for it. In Surviving American Medicine, Dr. Cary Presant lays the foundation to help you take control of these issues and help you become your own advocate with inside tips about getting the best doctors, good insurance, safe hospitals, and affordable medicines, from an author and physician who is a national expert on health care. Relying on his forty years of experience, Presant empowers you to work with your team of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and even insurance companies to maintain your health and prolong your life. He helps you learn to make choices about your health so you feel confident you're getting the best treatment possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475937756
Publisher: Author Solutions
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cary Presant, MD, is an internist, hematologist, and oncologist in Los Angeles, a national expert in health care, and the author of over four hundred scientific medical articles. Presant has taught and conducted research at the University of Southern California, Washington University School of Medicine, Columbia University, National Cancer Institute, and City of Hope National Medical Center.

Table of Contents

Foreword Fran Drescher xvii

Introduction: Medicine Today: What's It All About? xxi

Section 1 Getting the Right Health Plan 1

Chapter 1 Selecting a Primary-Care Physician: How to Find a "Keeper" 3

Chapter 2 Your First Physician Visit 15

Chapter 3 Evaluating Your Physician: The Doctor's Scorecard 23

Chapter 4 Medical Errors and Dangerous Doctor Traits 31

Chapter 5 How to Use the Internet for Better Medical Care 41

Chapter 6 Nurse Practitioners and Physicians' Assistants 49

Chapter 7 Communicating with Your Doctor 55

Chapter 8 Keeping Your Medical Information Private 67

Chapter 9 Preventing Illness 71

Chapter 10 Predicting the Future: Genetic Testing and Disease Risk Assessment 77

Chapter 11 Getting the Right Answers: Key Questions for Your Doctor 83

Chapter 12 You Have Only One Body-Take Care of It! 91

Chapter 13 Keeping Track of Your Medical Care: Your Medical Record and Scorecard 95

Chapter 14 Dealing with Minor Medical Problems: Medication under Your Doctor's Guidance 103

Section 2 Dealing with Disease and Serious Illness 109

Chapter 15 Second Opinions 111

Chapter 16 Practice Guidelines 123

Chapter 17 The Cutting Edge: Clinical Trials 131

Chapter 18 Getting More and Better Care in the Hospital 143

Chapter 19 Choosing Your Hospital 159

Chapter 20 "They've Given Up on Me!": Dealing with Chronic Illness in Advanced Stages 165

Chapter 21 "I'm Overwhelmed!": Coping with Prolonged Treatments 173

Section 3 Caring and Advocating for Others 177

Chapter 22 Caring for Children 179

Chapter 23 Caring for the Elderly 185

Chapter 24 Caring for the Infirmed 189

Section 4 Insuring and Financing Your Health Care 195

Chapter 25 Finding Health Insurance and a Broker 197

Chapter 26 Understanding Your Insurance Bill and EOB 217

Chapter 27 Health-Insurance Problems 221

Chapter 28 Insurance Company Authorizations for Your Care 227

Chapter 29 The Financially Poor and the Medically Poor 235

Chapter 30 Finding Affordable Medications 241

Epilogue: Contemporary Medicine and Health-Care Reform: Will You Survive? 251

About the Author 253

Appendixes 255

Appendix 1 An Outline for Your Personal Medical Record 257

Appendix 2 Sample Family History Form 263

Appendix 3 Sample Review of Systems 267

Appendix 4 State Medical Board and Insurance Commissioner Contacts 271

Appendix 5 Sample Letter Appealing an Insurance Denial 273

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