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

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

by Trisha Torrey


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

(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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982801420
Publisher: DiagKNOWsis Media
Publication date: 08/02/2013
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 589,730
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Trisha is known as Every Patient's Advocate. She is's expert in patient empowerment, a writer and national speaker who teaches patients how to navigate the unwieldy and dysfunctional health care system. She has appeared on or been quoted by the CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Bottom Line and other media.

Trisha is also the founder and director of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, an organization which supports the business needs of private patient advocates, helping them help the patients who need their assistance. The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates' members are the engine behind, a directory that helps patients and caregivers find the help they need.

Her first book, written to empower patients, teaching them to stick up for their rights and take responsibility for their medical care to improve their chances for a good medical outcome, and is titled You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Health Care You Deserve). It was originally published in February 2010. A second, revised and updated version of You Bet Your Life! was published in 2013.

Her second and third books were written to support "her" advocates:

- The Health Advocate's Marketing Handbook was published in February 2011.

- The Health Advocate's Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook was published in October 2012.

Learn more about Trisha Torrey's work at


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Birth of the First EmPatient 1

A Note to Medical Providers 9

1 Why Do Patients Make So Many Mistakes? 13

2 Mistake #1: Thinking Your Healthcare is Focused on You, the Patient 23

3 Fix #1: An EmPatient Refocuses the System to Get the Healthcare He Deserves 35

4 Mistake #2: Thinking Doctors Put Their Patients' Needs First 37

5 The Provider Hodgepodge-Who's Who and What Do They Do? 49

6 Fix #2: An EmPatient's Strategy for Choosing Doctor Right 65

7 Mistake #3: Not Confirming Your Diagnosis 79

8 Fix #3: How an EmPatient Gets the Right Diagnosis 89

9 Mistake #4: Thinking You've Been Told About All Your Treatment Options 101

10 Fix #4: How an EmPatient Uncovers New Treatment Options 113

11 How an EmPatient Makes a Medical Decision 125

12 Mistake #5: Thinking You are Safe in the Hands of the Healthcare System 139

13 Fix #5: An EmPatient's Approach to Staying Safe in a Healthcare Environment 151

14 Mistake #6: Not Understanding the Reach or Risk of Medical Records 165

15 Fix #6: How an EmPatient Gets, Understands, Uses, and Protects Her Medical Records 177

16 Mistake #7: Spending Time in the Hospital Unless It's Absolutely Necessary 191

17 Fix #7: An EmPatient's Approach to a Safer Hospital Stay 203

18 Mistake #8: Using the Internet Without a Compass to Find Health Information 219

19 Fix #8: How an EmPatient Navigates Internet Health Information 225

20 Mistake #9: Believing All Medical Researchers Are Searching for Cures 245

21 Fix #9: An EmPatient's Guide to Medical Research 253

22 Mistake #10: Letting the Media Determine Your Medical Choices261

23 Fix #10: An EmPatient's Guide to Reading Between the Headlines 273

24 Prevention: Avoiding the Whole Ugly Healthcare Mess 285

25 What's Next? The EmPatient and the Future of American Healthcare 297

Resources and Recommended Reading 307

Acknowledgements 319

About the Author 321

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