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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofAugust 14, 2016
Current as of:
August 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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